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Raise your glasses to the Kaplans

US institution secures major slice of extensive collection of traditional drinking vessels

A full saleroom and a sell-out are not necessarily features you associate with traditional fields such English drinking glasses but there are always exceptions.

And that is what happened on November 15 when, as part of a 324-lot sale of Glass and English Ceramics, Bonhams Knightsbridge (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) offered the 66-lot collection of the Washington lawyer Julius (Jay) Kaplan and his wife Ann.

The Kaplans started collecting glass around 40 years ago. They bought occasionally at auction but chiefly through specialist dealers, notably John Smith of Asprey’s and Mallett, and Christopher Sheppard.

The Kaplans’ ensemble included Venetian and Dutch engraved glasses and candlesticks, but they had a penchant for two collectable categories that epitomise the lighter rococo style of the 1760s: Beilby-decorated and colour-twist glasses.

While values of middle-of-the-road 18th century drinking glasses have been bumping along the bottom, improving little on prices of a couple of decades ago, Beilbys and colour twists are in a different league altogether.

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