An antique 18th-century 'kit kat' Balustoid wine glass. It has a drawn trumpet bowl and stem, the stem having an air tear above an inverted baluster knop. Sits on a domed foot.
Unusual to find a Kit Kat with a domed foot.
Date & Origin
England, c1740. Period of George II.
Excellent, no chips cracks or restoration
Height: 16cm Rim diameter: 7cm Foot diameter: 7.2cm
The Kit-Cat Club was an early 18th-century English club in London with strong political and literary associations. Members of the club were committed Whigs and they met at the Trumpet Tavern in London and at Water Oakley in the Berkshire countryside. The name and style of the glass come from period paintings that depict the gentlemen at the club drinking and partying with this style of glass... although I'm sure they probably used any glass that came to hand.
This glass comes from the Michael Wallis collection which took over 45 years to build and contains over 250 drinking glasses, covering all forms from the 18th century, many exceptionally rare. They will all be presented by Exhibit over the coming weeks and months.
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