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Beilby, William (enameller) [ULAN info: English enameller 1740-1819]

uncertain probably (maker)


D.H. Beves


drinking glasses (sub-category)


armorial goblet




Lead glass, the bucket bowl painted in blue, red, buff, and white enamels, and gilt. On the front, are the the Royal Arms of England, and on reverse the Prince of Wales' feathers, and the inscription 'W.Beilby Junr. N'Castle, Invt & Pinxt'. The rim is gilded. Opaque white twist columnar stem and plain foot.

Production Place

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (enameller) (place)

England (enameller) (country)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (maker) (place) ()

England (maker) (country)

Technique Description

bowl blown, with enamelled decoration


height: (whole): 21.0 cm
diameter: (whole): 10.1 cm


mid-18th Century


circa 1762 to 1765


bequeathed: Beves, Donald H. 1961 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

unknown before testator

D. H. Beves Bequest


  1. signature
    Position: on bowl
    Method: inscribed
    Content: W.Beilby Junr. N'Castle, Invt & Pinzt
    Interpretation: designed and painted by William Beilby junr, Newcastle
  2. motto
    Position: below arms on ribbon
    Method: painted
    Content: DIEU ET MON DROIT.
    Language: Latin
  3. motto
    Position: on cirular strap around the arms
    Method: painted
    Language: French


  1. Charleston, R.J. Cambridge Connoisseur, London [page: p. 34]
    Source title: The Connoisseur (June 1960)
    [comments: Publ. p. 34, fig. 7 right]
  2. Charleston, R.J. (1962) Circle of Glass Collectors Commemorative Exhibition, 1937-1962, London
    [comments: Publ. no. 283]
  3. Rush, James (1973) The Ingenious Beilbys, London?: Barrie & Jenkins [page: p. 2]
    [comments: Publ. colour pl. 1 and 2, p. 2]
  4. The Fitzwilliam Museum (1977) Glass at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 96]
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 96, no. 237]
  5. Oddy, Revel British Glass 1680-1830, [page: pp. 113-126]
    Source title: Bulletin de L'Association Internationale pour L'Histoire du Verre (1977-80)
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, pp. 113-126, fig. 45, on p. 121]
  6. (1980) The Decorated Glasses of William and Mary Beilby 1761 to 1778, Newcastle [page: p. 15]
    [comments: Publ. p. 15, no. 77 and inside of front cover, where illustrated in colour]
  7. Poole, Julia E. Bequests from Two Cambridge Collectors, The Reverend Alfred Valentine Valentine-Richards MA (1866-1933) and Donald H. Beves MA (1896-1961), [page: p. 54]
    Source title: Glass Collectors and their Collections in Museums in Great Britain (1999)
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated, p. 54, fig. 10]
  8. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 158]
    [comments: Publ. p. 158]
  9. Lazarus, P. (1978?) Cinzano Glass Collection, London
    [comments: Cf. no. 120, sold Sotheby's, 14.7.1975, lot 224]
  10. English and Continental Glass and Paperweights, 1985,
    [comments: Cf. A goblet signed 'Beilby junr. invt. & Pinxt.' and 'Success to the African trade of WHITE-HAVEN' below and above a sailing ship, respectively, and on other side with the Royal Arms and motto of George III, lot 143, hammer price + 8% £56,160]
  11. (1998) British and Continental Glass, 12th May 1998, London? [page: pp. 18-19]
    [comments: Cf. The Pollard Goblet, c.1765, which unusually has a vignette of a classical ruin and pyramid on the opposite side to the arms, Sotheby's 12th May, 1998, pp. 18-19, lot 59, fetched £28,750]
  12. (2000) European Ceramics and Glass, 21st November 2000, London? [page: pp. 108-9]
    [comments: Cf. The Grey Goblet, sold Sotheby's, 21st November 2000, pp. 108-9, lot 149, Estimate £20-25,000. Dated toc. 1765]
  13. Cottle, Simon William Beilby and the Art of Glass, London?: Glass Circle [page: 31-40]
    Source title: The Glass Circle Journal (2001)
    [comments: Ref. For the work of William and other members of the Beilby family. This glass mentioned briefly on p. 33.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.570-1961 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 25890; Input Date: 2001-04-02 / Last Edit: 2011-06-30)

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