A Dutch-engraved light baluster East India and West India Company coffee trade goblet and an associated cover
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A Dutch-engraved light baluster East India and West India Company coffee trade goblet and an associated cover

CIRCA 1760

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A Dutch-engraved light baluster East India and West India Company coffee trade goblet and an associated cover
Circa 1760
The generous funnel bowl engraved with Mercury with a quiver of arrows, in winged hat and holding a caduceus, leaning against a barrel, flanked by a palm-tree and two bales inscribed PVDN, one VOC IAVA, the other GWC SURINAME, underneath the inscription 'T WELVAAREN DER ALKMAARZE COFFY NEGOOTIE (The prosperity of the Alkmaar coffee trade), the barrel and the bales with trader's marks of a circle and a cross, the stem with a knopped section above a beaded inverted baluster section, on conical foot, the cover engraved with foliage and with high beaded spire finial with acorn-shaped upper part
The goblet 20 cm. (7 7/8 in.) high, the goblet and cover 31 cm. (12¼ in.) high (2)
Provenance
With P.J.G. Korf de Gidts.
With P. Vandekar, 1986.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 26 October 1993, lot 437, (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. H-46).
Literature
P.J.G. Korf de Gidts, 't Welvaren der Alkmaarse Coffij Negootie in Antiek 22, p. 123-126.
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Lot Essay

V.O.C. for Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (United Dutch East India Company, G.W.C. for Generale Westindische Compagnie (General Dutch West India Company), PVDN for Pieter van der Nolle (1738-1794), who lived in Alkmaar and traded in coffee, tea and chocolate. He became not only very affluent but also important in local Alkmaar political circles. This goblet could either have been a gift to him or have been ordered by himself after 1760, when he officially became a trader.

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