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Wine-glass rinser: C/G.1-1939

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Glassmaker: Waterford Glass House




Lead-glass, mould-blown, and tooled. Plain bowl with flat base, vertical sides and two lips opposite to each other. Moulded fluting on lower part of the body and under the base. In the centre of the base, a plain area with the a.m. inscription. Moulded on the underside 'Penrose, Waterford'.


History note: Purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum from Cecil Davis, Fine Art Dealer, London

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Waterford ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939-04-17) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1783 CE - 1799 CE


This was previously identified as a finger bowl but the lips on either side indicate that it was a wine-glass rinser or cooler. The glass was placed with its bowl in the water inside, and its stem resting in the lip. It could also have been used as a finger bowl. Rinsers appeared around the middle of the 18th century and were still in use in the mid 19th century. A large number survive from c. 1780-1820, including sets of six or more. They are rarely dated but the Penrose mark on the base of this one indicates that it was made between 1783 and 1799 when the Waterford Glasshouse was owned by George and William Penrose.

Components of the work

Bowl composed of lead-glass

Techniques used in production

Mould-blowing : Mould-blown lead glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Moulded
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C/G.1-1939
Primary reference Number: 26748
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 May 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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