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Nic Saintey is a director and a specialist in ceramics. His effervescent nature and wide experience has seen him regularly appear as an expert on the BBC's Bargain Hunt and Flog It programmes
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Review Entries for Day Monday, December 15, 2008

I am always fascinated by the ethereal process that turns practical household objects into 'Art' or desirable 'Antiques'. Sounds like an alchemist's dream doesn't it? So it is that antique wine bottles are keenly sought, and strangely not for their contents as they are invariably empty!

A recent sale at our rooms in Exeter was a good demonstration with prices from a few £100's to just shy of  £3,000 for a Cornish example bearing a seal for 'T.Lanyon Gwinier, 1721', not bad for rubbish I would say.

 an antique wine bottle


Strictly speaking these were high status items used for decanting and serving the contents of a gentleman's cellar, hence their owner's desire to mark them. Early examples circa 1680-1720 were hand blown into wooden moulds and are often referred to as 'onion bottles' in deference to their shape although I can't help thinking the next evolution in shape circa 1720-40 known as 'the bladder'  has a more appropriate resonance for an antique wine bottle.

As I blog another antique wine bottle with local connections has appeared on my desk this example is charmingly marked for 'I.Y at ye Dock' and research suggests that it was almost certainly made for James Yonge a second generation naval surgeon from Devonport.
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