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    Sale 2775

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    19 - 20 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 170

    A Dutch-engraved light-baluster 'Greenland whaling' goblet

    CIRCA 1760, THE GLASS ENGLAND OR THE NETHERLANDS, WORKSHOP OR CIRCLE OF JACOB SANG

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    A Dutch-engraved light-baluster 'Greenland whaling' goblet
    CIRCA 1760, THE GLASS ENGLAND OR THE NETHERLANDS, WORKSHOP OR CIRCLE OF JACOB SANG
    The funnel bowl with a continuous maritime scene freely inspired after a print by A. van der Laan, with a three-masted lanteen-rigged sailing ship with flying pennants, with two sailors aboard pulling a barrel, flanked by two other sailors on the back of a whale, further with a sloop with two sailors in front of the whale, further with a sloop with six sailors pulling another whale, beside polished icebergs, an ice floe with two sailors shooting a polar bear, to the distance with a sloop with six sailors harpooning a spouting whale, further with four sailing-ships amidst icebergs, underneath the inscription 'T WELVAREN VAN GROENLAND EN DE STRAAD DAVIDS, 'the prosperity of Greenland and the Strait of Davis', the multi-knopped stem with baluster sections, oblique tears to the middle section, domed foot
    19.1 cm. high


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    See A. Laméris, 'Jacob Sang, Glasgraveur', in Vormen uit Vuur, 1996/1, nr. 157, p.7 for the illustration of the etching by A. van der Laan (circa 1690-1742), called 'Het Harpoeneren van de Walvis, of inwerpen van 't Harpoen'.
    Hunting the whale in icy waters around Greenland used to be a dangerous but lucrative undertaking. The safe return of the whaler was therefore a good reason for a whaling company to show its appreciation to the management and skipper by commissioning a goblet.
    Davis Strait, situated between Baffin island and Greenland, is the entrance to Baffin bay from the North Atlantic. It is a large stretch of water over 950 kms. cross at its greatest width and never less than 300 kms. wide.

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