A Dutch stipple-engraved light baluster wine glass
Christie's charges a Buyer's premium calculated at… Read more DAVID WOLFF ('s-Hertogenbosch 1732-1789 The Hague) David Wolff is undoubtely the most important Hague stipple engraver, although unfortunately little is known of his live and work. It is not known who taught Wolff the art of stippling on glass. He worked for some time in the studio of the painter Dirk van der Aa (1731-1809), who specialized in decorative painting on carriages and wallpaper. It was here that he learnt to portray the putti and other decorative elements found on his glasses, which clearly reveal van der Aa's influence. Only ten known glasses are signed by Wolff. Apart from the ever popular putti, Wolff's oeuvre also included a large number of portraits and superbly executed landscapes. The style of the engravings, the subject matter and the glasses themselves all support a dating of his work to circa 1775 and the year of his death in 1798 (see F.G.A.M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch eighteenth-century stipple-engravings on glass, Peterborough, 1993, pp. 14-16 for a more extensive biography of David Wolff).
A Dutch stipple-engraved light baluster wine glass

ATTRIBUTED TO DAVID WOLFF, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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A Dutch stipple-engraved light baluster wine glass
Attributed to David Wolff, third quarter 18th Century
The round funnel bowl decorated with two winged cherubs, one seated on a boulder and reaching with his right hand for a half-full long-stemmed wine-glass held by his standing companion, flanked by bushes, the stem with an angular knob above a beaded inverted baluster section with basal knop, the foot conical, small chip to bowl between figures
15 cm. (5 7/8 in.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 May 1974, lot 153.
The late Peter Lazarus; Christie's, London, 26 November 1991, lot 150.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 12 May 1993, lot 74 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. H-44).
Literature
F.G.A.M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch eighteenth-century stipple-engravings on glass, Peterborough, 1993, p. 45, Ab. 51.
Exhibited
Bristol, City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, loan no. 410.
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