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Collector’s Corner: Glassware Favorites

February 14, 2019

It’s no surprise that I love to set the table.   I often use the glasses from my grandmother’s house in England which are our everyday — she bought so many that we all have a set.   They are simple, thin-rimmed wine glasses with an elegant shape.   I haven’t been able to find a similar set, but I think that it’s easy to use the same principal of having your foundation glassware and then padding it with fun finds: colored glass, etched, and incomplete sets or specialty glasses found on your travels.

I seek out glasses which are non-fussy and not t00 precious but do have an eye for the delicate/feminine vs. the clunky goblet.   So many of my grandmother’s glasses in France look very special but are 90’s Anthropologie which are elevated by their setting and the plates/napkins/linens.  Indeed, glassware is important but should remain neutral enough that you can use it in a variety of circumstances and not feel that you need too many complete sets (unless you are a fanatic like me!).

I love champagne glasses and have a complete set (12) of #4 which is my favorite pattern from Williams-Sonoma and comes in every type of glass you might need, from martini to tumbler; I think that they are pretty and timeless and special without being so special (given that they are from a larger company) that you worry if one breaks — very replaceable!  I also love numbers 1 & 3 for special occasions and 2 is a classic — Simon Pearce is great!  Below I have some fun vintage (or similar style) colored and etched glass which I love to collect, even in small numbers. 


(1/2/3/4 (similar, better??)/5/6/7)

And last, some household classics.   Most of my collections are clear and blue — the terra cotta in the photograph below are from our trip to Cuba in 2012.  They are for a special after dinner drink which is made from honey, lemon, hot water and rum and knocked Will & I sideways in a memorable fashion so had to be collected even though I use them more often as little bud vases!

(etched glasses, blue glasses, blue tumbler, blue stems, moroccan tea glasses)



  • Reply Samantha April 30, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Love all of these!! One day when I have a registry, I’m putting you in charge! 100%!

    xo Sam

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo May 1, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Oh my gosh I would LOVE THATTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

  • Reply stephanie May 2, 2018 at 6:23 am

    The post I dreamt of, as I am currently looking for glasses to enliven my “regular” wedding set. Thank you ! I wonder : do you have a rule to have only clear (versus colored) glasses for wine, as it lets people appreciate the color of the liquid ? I tend to do this but here in France we currently don’t have many etched clear glasses on the market, which makes things tricky when we want some fantasy. Anyway it is a nice problem to have 🙂 Thank you again for this beautiful post ! Stephanie

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo May 2, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Hi Stephanie!

      That’s so nice — honestly when the glass is beautiful colored and etched, I don’t worry too much about not being able to see the color of the wine clearly :)… it’s usually just rosé and white wine in our case too…!! XXX

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