A fine Dutch-engraved VOC goblet circa 1770
Lot 165
A fine Dutch-engraved VOC goblet circa 1770
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 42,315) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine Dutch-engraved VOC goblet
circa 1770
Attributed to Jacob Sang, the large round funnel bowl finely engraved with a three-masted sailing ship, the rear pennant inscribed with the monogram A/VOC, the ship inscribed HOLLAND, the reverse with mirror monogram GPU(?) within an elaborate cartouche formed of naval trophies, inscribed HET WELVAAREN VAN 'T SCHIP HOLLAND above, set on a double-knopped multi-spiral airtwist section over a teared inverted baluster and basal knop with conical foot, 23.4cm high (restored foot chip)

Footnotes

  • It is possible that the title of the ship is either commemorative of an historical event or is a symbol of the Dutch nation. There is, however, one vessel which bears the name Holland recorded in The Dutch East India Company's shipping registers between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 (Institute of Netherlands History, The Hague). According to the register, Holland was built in Amsterdam in 1771, with a tonnage of 1150. Between November 1772 and July 1784 she made five voyages from the island of Texel in North Holland to Batavia and Ceylon with five respective masters - Hans Hansen, Hendrik Willemse, Benjamin van der Spek, Isaac de Vries and Lars Jansen. Dr. Joosr Schokkenbroek, the Chief Curator of the Netherlands Shipping Museum in Amsterdam, has indicated that the vessel depicted on the present lot appears to be of large size and might reflect the 1150 tonnage of the East Indiaman ship recorded of this name.

    Though unsigned, from the high quality of the engraving, lettering and style, the engraver of this glass is likely to be Jacob Sang (active from 1752, died 1785). For a signed example by Sang, dated 1763, with a ship quite similarly engraved, see that in the Wolf Collection illustrated by Klesse & Meyr (1987), no.189. Sang engraved glass well into the early 1780s, a period in which the Holland was actively trading. The form of the glass is also typical of the type used by Sang - see Smit (1992), p.4, fig.M, and research by Anna Lameris on Jacob Sang (unpubl. doctoral thesis, 1994) where she illustrates a goblet with a similarly engraved VOC ship, dated 1766, now in a private collection.
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