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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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(6) Bayel France Bacchante Frosted Nude Stemware
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Bayel France Bacchante Frosted Nude Stemware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
Wine Glasses
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Wine Glasses
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$203 Bids
A German Amber & Red glass goblet having etched floral decoration. H 16cm, W 8cm
Apr 20, 12:00 PM AEST
A German Amber & Red glass goblet having etched floral decoration. H 16cm, W 8cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD75
AUD302 Bids
Pair of etched glass lidded goblets, Height 25cm
Apr 24, 4:00 PM AEST
Pair of etched glass lidded goblets, Height 25cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD352 Bids
VAL ST. LAMBERT BERNCASTEL COLOR CUT TO CLEAR STEMWARE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
VAL ST. LAMBERT BERNCASTEL COLOR CUT TO CLEAR STEMWARE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $400- $800
$2252 Bids
Kleiner Barock-Deckelpokal
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Kleiner Barock-Deckelpokal
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €280- €560
€2801 Bid
LUCIO BUBACCO (B. 1957), A RED, BLUE, AND CLEAR GLASS FIGURAL GOBLET, 1993
Apr 24, 10:30 AM BST
LUCIO BUBACCO (B. 1957), A RED, BLUE, AND CLEAR GLASS FIGURAL GOBLET, 1993
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£1201 Bid
Pair of William Yeoward Crystal Champagne Flutes
Apr 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of William Yeoward Crystal Champagne Flutes
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Two Boxes of Anko Blush Pink Coupe Champagne Glasses, 12 Glasses
Apr 28, 11:00 AM AEST
Two Boxes of Anko Blush Pink Coupe Champagne Glasses, 12 Glasses
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
A Collection of Glassware including Champagne Flutes, Tumblers
Apr 28, 11:00 AM AEST
A Collection of Glassware including Champagne Flutes, Tumblers
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
VAL ST. LAMBERT COLOR CUT TO CLEAR STEMWARE NINE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
VAL ST. LAMBERT COLOR CUT TO CLEAR STEMWARE NINE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Satz von zwölf Saint-Louis-Champagnerschalen "Chantilly"
Apr 27, 10:30 AM CEST
Satz von zwölf Saint-Louis-Champagnerschalen "Chantilly"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
RARE EDWIN W. FUERST MONTICELLO MARTINI GLASSES
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
RARE EDWIN W. FUERST MONTICELLO MARTINI GLASSES
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
4 WEXFORD GOBLETS
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CDT
4 WEXFORD GOBLETS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
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Eight XL St. Louis Thistle Pattern Goblets
May 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Eight XL St. Louis Thistle Pattern Goblets
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1001 Bid
Vintage Square Block Base Water Goblets
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Square Block Base Water Goblets
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Rowland Ward sherry / liquor glasses with engraved Safari animal detail. U
Apr 28, 9:00 AM BST
Rowland Ward sherry / liquor glasses with engraved Safari animal detail. U
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£401 Bid
Riedel Wine Glasses with Original Boxes
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Riedel Wine Glasses with Original Boxes
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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St. Louis Crystal Thistle Pitcher & Wine Glasses
May 04, 10:00 AM CDT
St. Louis Crystal Thistle Pitcher & Wine Glasses
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Glass Stemware


Hindman

Hindman

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Kunsthaus Lempertz KG

Kunsthaus Lempertz KG