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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Part suite of 40 Stuart Crystal wine glasses
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Part suite of 40 Stuart Crystal wine glasses
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD606 Bids
Set of six Antique Bristol green wine glasses (6) 12.5 cm high
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Set of six Antique Bristol green wine glasses (6) 12.5 cm high
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD805 Bids
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PAIR OF OPALESCENT MERMAID GOBLETS
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
PAIR OF OPALESCENT MERMAID GOBLETS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$74 Bids
Set 10 Venetian Glass Stemware
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Set 10 Venetian Glass Stemware
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $150
$253 Bids
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LOT OF UNMARKED VINTAGE GLASSWARE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF UNMARKED VINTAGE GLASSWARE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
Lot of 6 Cut to Clear Wine Glasses
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 6 Cut to Clear Wine Glasses
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$203 Bids
Erte Majestique Crystal Champagne Glass Flute PAIR
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Erte Majestique Crystal Champagne Glass Flute PAIR
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
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6PC MOSER SPLENDID PLATINUM TRIMMED HOCK WINE GLASSES
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
6PC MOSER SPLENDID PLATINUM TRIMMED HOCK WINE GLASSES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Fostoria 'Versailles Topaz' Stemware Assortment
Oct 17, 10:00 AM CDT
Fostoria 'Versailles Topaz' Stemware Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
Tall hand blown glass stem vase 65 cms tall
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Tall hand blown glass stem vase 65 cms tall
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD20- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
Hawkes ruby etcher bar set
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Hawkes ruby etcher bar set
by Jaremos
Est: $200- $500
$1001 Bid
Eight various ABCG goblets
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Eight various ABCG goblets
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$401 Bid
3 glasses for Lucca Liqueur, designed by Koloman
Oct 22, 11:00 AM CEST
3 glasses for Lucca Liqueur, designed by Koloman
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €120- €240
€1201 Bid
17PC, VENETIAN GLASS YELLOW & BLACK STEMWARE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
17PC, VENETIAN GLASS YELLOW & BLACK STEMWARE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
LOT OF 10 BOHEMIAN CUT TO CLEAR COLORED GOBLETS
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 10 BOHEMIAN CUT TO CLEAR COLORED GOBLETS
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $150- $250
$501 Bid
Oversize Lobmeyr glass Roemer
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Oversize Lobmeyr glass Roemer
by Jaremos
Est: $500- $1,000
$2001 Bid
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LOT OF 4 LENOX WINE GLASSES AND 4 UNMARKED BOURBON GLASSES
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 4 LENOX WINE GLASSES AND 4 UNMARKED BOURBON GLASSES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
4 JAMESTOWN WATER GOBLETS
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
4 JAMESTOWN WATER GOBLETS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
EARLY ENGLISH GLASSES
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
EARLY ENGLISH GLASSES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Eighteen Bohemian Vari-Color-to-Clear Cut Crystal Glasses (12 goblets, 6 wines)
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Eighteen Bohemian Vari-Color-to-Clear Cut Crystal Glasses (12 goblets, 6 wines)
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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WINE GLASS LOT AND MORE
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
WINE GLASS LOT AND MORE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Glass Stemware


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus