A fine and interesting engraved heavy baluster goblet circa 1720
Lot 21
A fine engraved heavy baluster goblet circa 1720
Sold for £8,640 (US$ 13,423) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and interesting engraved heavy baluster goblet circa 1720
A fine engraved heavy baluster goblet
circa 1720
The generous round funnel bowl with solid base deeply engraved with the prancing Horse of Hanover on one side, inscribed above QUO FAS, ET GLORIA DUCUNT., the reverse with a lion and wolf, inscribed CAVETE., set on a teared inverted baluster and folded conical foot, 21.3cm high

Footnotes

  • The decoration is very similar to that of the hand of the Dutch engraver Willem Otto Robart (1696-1750) who generally worked on large goblets with moulded stems in the 1720s and '30s (see P.C.Ritsema van Eck, 'De glasgraveur Willem Otto Robart (1696-1750)', Rijksmuseum Bulletin (1980), pp.167-177). The Horse of Hanover on the face of the goblet is a reference either to King George I or George II whilst the inscription may be the motto of the Royal Artillery Company established in the early 18th century. The iconography of the lion and wolf may be a reference to John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689), Ch.III - Of the State of War - where these two specific animals are regarded as unlawful, the inscription 'Cavete' meaning 'Beware'.

    Following the defeat of the Jacobite rebellion in 1715 George I bestowed the honour on certain regiments of the use of the Horse of Hanover in their regalia. The Royal Regiment of Artillery was one of these regiments which in 1722 were under the command of Colonel Albert Borgard (1659-1751).
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