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Hartshorne Fine Glass Collection on sale

Bonhams, the only international auction house to have dedicated glass and paperweight sales, announces the auction of The Albert Hartshorne Collection of Glass as part of its Fine British & European G…

Bonhams, the only international auction house to have dedicated glass and paperweight sales, announces the auction of The Albert Hartshorne Collection of Glass as part of its Fine British & European Glass & Paperweights auction on Wednesday 15 December in New Bond Street, London, UK, almost exactly 100 years since the collector“s death. Hartshorne is mainly known for his ground-breaking work Old English Glasses published in 1897, which became the encyclopaedic text of English 18th century drinking glass styles. Many of the examples illustrated in the book were from his personal collection, which was briefly on display at Worthing Museum. Simon Cottle, Departmental Head of Glass and Continental Porcelain at Bonhams comments, Albert Hartshorne“s ground-breaking work on English glass saw the birth of modern day glass collecting from the UK to the USA, establishing its importance within the field of the European decorative arts tradition. Based on the research of examples in his own collection now available to the market for the first time in 100 years, this sale presents significant iconic examples which have led to our current appreciation of 18th century drinking glasses.

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