A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed wine glass
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A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed wine glass

ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID WOLFF, CIRCA 1785

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A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed wine glass
Attributed to David Wolff, circa 1785
The bell bowl depicting a standing helmeted youth holding a sword in his left hand and a native boy seated on a rock, a caduceus beside him, holding a medallion showing the Dutch lion under a Hat of Liberty in his left hand, both holding a ring, before a large fluted column with a corinthian capital inscribed EENDRAGT (Concord), flanked by bushes, upon a sward, the reverse inscribed T BEHOUD van NEÊRLAND (The preservation of the Netherlands), on faceted stem and conical foot, small bruise and minute chip to footrim
13.7 cm. (5 3/8 in.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 13 November 1990, lot 155 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. H-42).
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Lot Essay

This glass is closely related to a facet-stemmed wine-glass (see F.G.A.M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch Eighteenth-century stipple-engravings on glass, Peterborough, 1993, p. 67, Cb. 9), depicting a boy wearing a tricorn hat and another wearing the guise of an American native; a loin cloth and a sort of headdress.
These type of engravings were allegorical of Dutch unity and the trade with the colonies in the West Indies during the turbulent years of the late 18th Century.
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