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Glass Stemware

From champagne flutes to snifters, the heritage of crystal and glass stemware is as long as it is diverse. Stemware is still essential today for the elegantly-set table, making antique and well-made contemporary pieces desirable.

Stemware's roots can be traced to the origins of drinking alcohol, which dates back to some of our earliest ancestors. The luxury of liquor meant that those who served it wished to showcase it at their table, hence the demand for more elegant serving pieces. This demand, combined with the rise of glassmaking refinements, resulted in a wide range of stemware settings coming to market by the end of the end of the 17th century and into the 18th.

Increasingly-elaborate cut glass and crystal designs were featured at the tables of some of Europe's aristocratic gatherings, and soon, these traditions extended to American audiences as well. From Steuben's cultured designs to the wonders of Waterford, exceptional examples of antique glass stemware continue to come to market today.


Quick Facts

  • A fantastic example of ancient stemware is the Lycurgus Cup, a 4th-century chalice made of dichroic glass, meaning it changes colors depending on lighting. The source of this color-changing characteristic is the presence of silver and gold particles within the glass mixture
  • The champagne flute is the modern relative of the coupe, the original glass vessel used for drinking champagne developed in the 17th century that was in the shape of a shallow, stemmed saucer
  • A Lobmeyer stemware service broke records at a Christie's New York auction in 2015: featuring more than 100 pieces, the set sold for $75,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Stephen Morris, Australia , Flutes, Green & Pink Mottled Glass
Oct 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Stephen Morris, Australia , Flutes, Green & Pink Mottled Glass
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD1405 Bids
Five Steven Maslach Iridescent Art Glass Stem Wines, 1990, H: 8 1/8 in. (20.64 cm.)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Five Steven Maslach Iridescent Art Glass Stem Wines, 1990, H: 8 1/8 in. (20.64 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$454 Bids
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13 GLASSES OF SAME PATTERN/DESIGN
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
13 GLASSES OF SAME PATTERN/DESIGN
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD352 Bids
Group of William Yeoward Glass Stemware
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of William Yeoward Glass Stemware
by Stair
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
Collection of Glass Stem Wines, Assorted Barware and Other Table Articles
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Glass Stem Wines, Assorted Barware and Other Table Articles
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$552 Bids
12 Tiffin Franciscan Crystal Champagne Glasses
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
12 Tiffin Franciscan Crystal Champagne Glasses
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$12 Bids
(2pc) Faberge Cut To Clear Martini Glasses
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Faberge Cut To Clear Martini Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
GLASS FLUTES VINTAGE
Jan 03, 1:00 PM CST
GLASS FLUTES VINTAGE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Zwei gefußte Weithalsgläser um 1740
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
Zwei gefußte Weithalsgläser um 1740
by Leo Spik
Est: €240- €288
€1801 Bid
Set of Venetian Glass Goblets
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Set of Venetian Glass Goblets
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
Vintage Red Glass Stemware - wine glasses and sweet bowls.
Oct 05, 7:00 PM AEDT
Vintage Red Glass Stemware - wine glasses and sweet bowls.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
Glass Fruit Decor
Oct 03, 5:00 PM MST
Glass Fruit Decor
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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4 FUSSGLÄSER
Oct 04, 2:00 PM CEST
4 FUSSGLÄSER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF160
CHF1001 Bid
(8) AJKA HUNGARIAN CUT TO CLEAR CRYSTAL WINE STEMS
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
(8) AJKA HUNGARIAN CUT TO CLEAR CRYSTAL WINE STEMS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$601 Bid
(11) Iittala Kekkerit Ice Goblets and Shot Glasses
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
(11) Iittala Kekkerit Ice Goblets and Shot Glasses
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
(5Pc) Venetian Glass & Varga Crystal Stemware
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
(5Pc) Venetian Glass & Varga Crystal Stemware
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Cut And Etched Crystal Stem Champagnes Circa 1940, Set Of 11
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Cut And Etched Crystal Stem Champagnes Circa 1940, Set Of 11
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Seven (7) Blue Czechoslovakia Stem Glasses with Stag
Oct 21, 6:00 PM EDT
Seven (7) Blue Czechoslovakia Stem Glasses with Stag
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $40- $80
$101 Bid
4 Amethyst To Clear Tall Hock Wine Stems- Traube by NACHTMANN
Oct 21, 6:00 PM EDT
4 Amethyst To Clear Tall Hock Wine Stems- Traube by NACHTMANN
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
(14pc) Anchor Hocking & Entertain Wine Glasses
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
(14pc) Anchor Hocking & Entertain Wine Glasses
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Pair of white wine glasses, Rosenthal "Versace, Medusa Lumiere", colourless
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
Pair of white wine glasses, Rosenthal "Versace, Medusa Lumiere", colourless
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€401 Bid
SUITE DE HUIT FLUTES A CHAMPAGNE En cristal
Oct 14, 2:00 PM CEST
SUITE DE HUIT FLUTES A CHAMPAGNE En cristal
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €40- €60
€501 Bid
Ralph Lauren 'Bryant' Crystal Stemware Collection
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Ralph Lauren 'Bryant' Crystal Stemware Collection
by Leonard Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Glass Stemware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Leo Spik

Leo Spik

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris