The Glass Circle - a society for the information, appreciation and understanding of ancient, antique, modern and contemporary glass.  

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings

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Glass Circle lecture season


(17th March 2016 Rebecca Bell, 5th April 2016 Dora Thornton)



Thursday 12th May 2016

Graham Vivian:

'A glass of Ale, a glass of Beer, or a glass of Champagne?
The Collector's Dilemma'

(see more below)



(Please note: members and guests wishing to come to this meeting should send an e-mail to or leave a message on 0208 653 4327, since our meetings organiser and usual contact Anne Lutyens-Stobbs will not be available this month to receive notifications of attendance.)





  In 1958 Graham Vivian started work at an office in Kensington High Street. On the opposite corner were the showrooms of Delomosne. Unfortunately it was not until 1995 by which time Delomosne had moved to North Wraxell that he started collecting antique glass. To his regret, other than purchasing a pair of Decanters for a retiring colleague he never visited the premises.

  The elegance in particular of the tall round funnel engraved bowls of 18th century glass used for ale, beer or champagne has made them an attractive component of a collector's cabinet. Unlike decanters, drinking glasses very rarely name the content for which they were made. Even when engraved or enamelled the problem is not always solved. The description of a glass given in books and catalogues may not always be correct.

  This illustrated talk covers the period from the early "ale" glasses of the post Ravenscroft period to the end of the 18th century and the nature of the drinks that may have been in imbibed from them.

  Graham Vivian is a committee member of the Glass Circle.


Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT


Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 526283 (Exceptionally attendance at the May 2016 meeting should be notified to, or 0208 6534327)


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

If you are not a member and would like to attend a meeting please e-mail for further information.

(Please give the meeting date, your name, email address and phone number.)

Next meetings in 2016: Thursday 12th May, Thursday 30th June, Thursday 13th October

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