Victorian Goblets are goblets characterized by their overall proportion and style of embellishment.
In all cases these goblets have a proportionally large chalice (bowl,) short stem and normally proportioned foot.
The stem of these goblets, being short is not the highlighted feature as in, for example Venetian stemware. Most of the decoration is done on the chalice in one form or another.
In the case of metal goblets, the decoration can range from metal or precious stone inlays to, more commonly, raised or hammered patterns often treated with patina to give them contrast.
Decoration on the foot of metallic Victorian goblets is also a common motif. Vitreous Victorian goblets are typically thick mold blown pieces that are then cut and faceted for decoration.
It is not uncommon to see Victorian goblets that have a color over clear, which is cut through to reveal the clear underneath and thereby accentuate the craftsmanship of the cutter and elegance of the goblet.
Written by Ryan Staub.