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

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings



Glass Circle lecture season


(17th March 2016 Rebecca Bell, 5th April 2016 Dora Thornton, 12th May Graham Vivian)



Thursday 30th June 2016 7.15pm

(refreshments from 6.30pm)

Simon Cottle :

'The Golden Age of Dutch Glass'



  The Dutch Golden Age was a period in history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, military and the Fine and Decorative Arts were among the most acclaimed in the world. The first half is characterised by the Thirty Years' War. The Golden Age continued in peacetime under the Dutch Republic until the end of the century. During the period of peace glass became one of the most potent and celebratory symbols of the Golden Age in which its makers and decorators not only enriched existing traditional forms but also created a wealth of new forms. This was combined with diamond-point engraving in calligraphy and wheel-engraved portraiture of great virtuosity.

  Simon Cottle is currently Hon. President of the Glass Circle, a Fellow of Corning Glass Museum, and Managing Director of Glass and European and US regions at Bonhams auctioneers in London. A former museum curator and head of glass at Sotheby's, Simon has been an auctioneer for over 25 years and is acknowledged as one of the leading specialists in British and European glass from the Renaissance to the early 20th century.


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


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 30th June, Thursday 13th October

Please note other Glass Circle Diary Dates:

 - Outings - Visits - Events of Interest

Top of Page
Add to Favourites