Two façon de Venise diamond-engraved Dutch East India and West India Company goblets
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Two façon de Venise diamond-engraved Dutch East India and West India Company goblets

ATTRIBUTED TO WILLEM MOOLEYSER, CIRCA 1680

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Two façon de Venise diamond-engraved Dutch East India and West India Company goblets
Attributed to Willem Mooleyser, circa 1680
The funnel bowls engraved in calligraphic script, one with 'T WELVAREN VAN DE OOSTINDISCHE COMPANIE (The Prosperity of the East India Company) and GVOC (Generale Nederlandse Geoctroieerde Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie), the other with 'T WELVAREN VAN DE WESTINDISCHE COMPANIE (The Prosperity of the West India Company) and GWC (Generale Nederlandse Geoctroieerde Westindische Compagnie), the stems with hollow inverted baluster knops set between mereses, the folded conical feet with flowering foliage
The GVOC 17.1 cm. (6¾ in.), the GWC 16.5 cm. (6½ in.) high (2)
Provenance
With F. Laméris Antiquair, Amsterdam, 1989, acquired by
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. H-39).
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Please note that these glasses are illustrated in the exhibition catalogue: J.R. Liefkes, Museum Mr. Simon van Gijn, Catalogus van de glasverzameling, Dordrecht, 1987, p. 42, ill. 48a-b.

Lot Essay

This form of glass is very characteristical of those glasses Mooleyser used for his work. The style of the calligraphy and the engraving of the feet would also point to the hand of Mooleyser. It appears that these goblets have never been separated since their execution, more than three centuries ago.
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