Home > History of Wine > A 19th century Indian image of a servant holding a wine bottle and tumbler

A 19th century Indian image of a servant holding a wine bottle and tumbler


This is an interesting image given the unique wine bottle.  It has a protruding cork sealing the opening, sloped shoulder of a dark color, and a red, cylindrical base.  The manner in which the shoulders meets the base combined with the color differences suggests it might be earthenware or some other non-glass container.  If it truly were dark glass then that implies either a red, wrap around label or some sort of holder.  Any thoughts?  Were corks produced in India or were they all imported?

Wine and water-cooler holding a tumbler and bottle. [1]

Wine and water-cooler holding a tumbler and bottle. [1]


[1] Wine and water-cooler holding a tumbler and bottle. Artist: Muhammad Amir, Shaikh, of Karraya (fl.1830s-40s). c. 1846. The British Library.  URL: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_Or_176

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: