A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed goblet
Christie's charges a Buyer's premium calculated at… Read more 'ALIUS' An excellent stipple-engraver, this master, as far as is known, never signed any of the 134 engravings attributed to him. There is some similarity between various designs executed by him and by David Wolff and it is possible that 'Alius' ('the other') worked in close association with David Wolff and could even have been a member of the Wolff family (see F.G.A.M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch eighteenth-century stipple-engravings on glass, Peterborough, 1993, p. 19 for a more detailed discussion about the engraver "Alius").
A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed goblet

ATTRIBUTED TO 'ALIUS', CIRCA 1780

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A Dutch stipple-engraved facet-stemmed goblet
Attributed to 'Alius', circa 1780
The bell bowl with a scantily draped figure of a blindfolded putto seated among clouds, holding a pair of scales in his right hand and a sword in his left hand, inscribed IUSTITIA on a ribbon cartouche above, on facet-cut knopped and inverted baluster stem and conical foot
17.9 cm. (7 in.) high
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 February 1980, lot 178 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. H-30).
Literature
F.G.A.M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch Eighteenth-Century stipple-engravings on glass, Peterborough, 1993, p. 53, Ba. 2.
L.M. Bickerton, Eighteenth Century English drinking glasses, an illustrated guide, Woodbridge, 1986, p. 326, no. 1059.
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Lot Essay

Another goblet with virtually an identical engraving was in the Collection Guépin; sale Christie's, Amsterdam, 5 July 1989, lot 98. This glass of similar construction and probably stippled by the same hand, is discussed by D. Bolten in Een glasie van vriendschap, de glazen van de Guépin collectie, Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, 1969, p. 46, no. 157, fig. 48.
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