Monteiths & Rinsers Photos
Up to the 18th Century wine glasses were expensive & sometimes even broken after use for show. Thus, many hosts only offered only one wineglass per person, no matter how many different wines were served. Bowls called rinsers or Monteiths became a table setting item so guests could rinse or store such glasses. Since the glasses were rinsed or stored stem end up, Monteiths evolved a series of indentations around the rim to support stems, a feature that helps identify these metal, ceramic or glass objects.
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|Silver monteith (notched bowl for rinsing wine glasses) (c1705) by John Coney of Boston at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.||Silver monteith (1685-6) from London, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.||Silver montieth for rinsing wine glasses between uses (1779-81) from dinner service of Tsarina Catherine II for Perm Governorate (Russian Empire) by goldsmith Emanuel Gottfried Meisgeyer from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.||Dining room table with Chinese Cantonware plates & wine rinsers to clean wine glasses between courses at Morris-Jumel Mansion. New York, NY.|
|English glass wineglass (1720-30) & rinser (c1800) at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.||English rinser & stirrup glass to hand wine to person on horseback (c1810) at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.|
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