Georgian Love of Chinoiserie An Engraved Bowl Opaque Twist Wine Glass circa 1760
The apparent love for all things in Chinoiserie style in Europe and elsewhere in the early 18th century was popularized by the influx of Chinese and Indian goods brought by English, Dutch, French, and Swedish East India Companies. The desire for Chinese porcelain, decoration, furniture and style was assisted by Thomas Chippendale with his design book The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director. European potters were desperate to imitate the Chinese ceramic masters and copied their designs faithfully. It is no surprise then to find a beautiful Georgian single series opaque twist (SSOT) stem wine glass with a ribbed ogee bowl with everted rim. The bowl is engraved with a Chinoiserie pattern of a twin storey pagoda with fence and trees, one of which is a palm tree. This glass dates to the mid 18th century around 1760.