Glass Cups

Whether a singular chalice or a set of sophisticated tumblers, crystal and glass cups are an elegant addition to a glassware collection. Descending from the most rudimentary necessity – drinking – the antique glass cup celebrates the remarkable range of glassmaking genius with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles.

Glass drinking vessels have been a staple of society since the ancient world when the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean capitalized on their early experiments with glass to create their own cup form. It was not until the rise in the popularity of glassmaking closer to the 16th century that elaborate lidded cups and chalices as well as decorated glass cup sets came into couture.

From the tables of royalty to the dining rooms of modern American households, crystal and glass cups are a perennial favorite both for their bespoke beauty and brilliant sparkle. Today, antique and crystal glass cups come in a variety of price points, but it is their vast history that is worth an intangible fortune.


Quick Facts

  • One of the oldest surviving glass drinking vessels is the ancient Roman rhyton, which often took the form of a drinking horn. Variations on these glass drinking horns were popular across the ancient Mediterranean
  • A record-setting rock crystal cup sold at auction for $186,700 in 2003. Created in 19th century Vienna, the cup has a lid depicting two swans with accents of gemstones
  • Pairing elegance with the everyday, brewery Stella Artois partnered with fine glassmaker Swarovski in 2003 to create a limited edition Stella Artois crystal chalice. Handcrafted in Turkey and then bedecked with Swarovski stones in Austria, each chalice retailed for $500

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SET OF 6 TUMBLERS ETCHED WITH AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
SET OF 6 TUMBLERS ETCHED WITH AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD456 Bids
Victorian Custard And Cranberry Glass Tumblers
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Victorian Custard And Cranberry Glass Tumblers
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$83 Bids
6 MINATURE SANTA CUPS
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
6 MINATURE SANTA CUPS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$62 Bids
3 beakers with enamel painting, probably Ludwig
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
3 beakers with enamel painting, probably Ludwig
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €50- €100
€401 Bid
SCARPA CARLO
Oct 28, 2:30 PM CEST
SCARPA CARLO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €300- €350
€3001 Bid
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SET OF 6 SMALL TUMBLERS ETCHED WITH AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
SET OF 6 SMALL TUMBLERS ETCHED WITH AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
5 MINATURE SANTA CUPS
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
5 MINATURE SANTA CUPS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$21 Bid
A horn libation cup
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
A horn libation cup
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD5,000- AUD8,000
AUD6000 Bids
TWO GLASSES AND CUP WITH LID
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
TWO GLASSES AND CUP WITH LID
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €600- €800
€3000 Bids
Webb Alexandrite footed cordial
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Webb Alexandrite footed cordial
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$1000 Bids
Webb Alexandrite goblet
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Webb Alexandrite goblet
by Jaremos
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Lobmeyr glass beer Roemer
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Lobmeyr glass beer Roemer
by Jaremos
Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
English cameo rose du berry cup
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
English cameo rose du berry cup
by Jaremos
Est: $600- $900
$2000 Bids
Six tall Amberina punch cups
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Six tall Amberina punch cups
by Jaremos
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
ANTIQUE SHOT GLASS IN CORK CASE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE SHOT GLASS IN CORK CASE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
11 Moser Style Gilt Rimmed Water Tumblers
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
11 Moser Style Gilt Rimmed Water Tumblers
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
2 Vasen, Kännchen und Becher Pressglas.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
2 Vasen, Kännchen und Becher Pressglas.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
SET OF (4) ANTIQUE GREEN FLIP GLASS TUMBLERS
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
SET OF (4) ANTIQUE GREEN FLIP GLASS TUMBLERS
by CRN Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
5 American Glass Enamel Swordfish Tumbler Goblets
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
5 American Glass Enamel Swordfish Tumbler Goblets
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $600
$3500 Bids
2 US COIN PATTERN TUMBLERS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
2 US COIN PATTERN TUMBLERS
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Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
MID CENTURY MODERN BAR SET FRATELLI GUZZINI
Oct 26, 11:00 AM EDT
MID CENTURY MODERN BAR SET FRATELLI GUZZINI
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
Large box of estate dessert cups, dishes and more
Oct 17, 11:30 PM EDT
Large box of estate dessert cups, dishes and more
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $65- $75
$250 Bids
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Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund (Late 20th/early 21st Century, Swedish/New Zealander)
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund (Late 20th/early 21st Century, Swedish/New Zealander)
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
MAESTRI MURANESI, Coppia di coppe
Oct 23, 3:30 PM CEST
MAESTRI MURANESI, Coppia di coppe
by Benedetto Trionfante Casa d’Aste
Est: €100- €140
€400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Cups


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Auktionshaus Wendl

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Jaremos

Jaremos