A Stipple Engraved opaque-twist goblet, circa 1760
Lot 65
A very fine stipple-engraved composite stemmed goblet by David Wolff, circa 1770-80
Sold for £10,625 (US$ 17,148) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Stipple Engraved opaque-twist goblet, circa 1760 A Stipple Engraved opaque-twist goblet, circa 1760
A very fine stipple-engraved composite stemmed goblet by David Wolff, circa 1770-80
the generous rounded funnel bowl stipple-engraved in diamond-point with an allegorical subject of five Cupids, one passing a chalice or wine goblet to another, while a companion holds a laurel wreath and raises an olive branch, further Cupids hold a broken yoke and a symbolic hat raised on a staff, the composite stem with a small flattened knop above a beaded ball knop set on a double series opaque twist baluster section with a small basal knop, on a conical foot, 18.7cm high (small footrim chip)

Footnotes

  • David Wolff (1732-98) was one of the finest and certainly the best-known of the Dutch stipple engravers. Like so much of his work, the decoration on this glass is full of thinly-disguised symbolism. An offering of wine probably promotes Friendship. One Cupid holds a Victor's wreath and an olive branch of peace, while the hat raised on a lance represents Liberty. The 'broken yoke of Pride' symbolises Delivery from Oppression. These Revolutionary symbols occur on other stipple-engraved glasses by David Wolff. Raised hats and caps representing Liberty are a recurring theme in his work, while the broken yoke is seen on a glass in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (accession no.151 KN&V). As an artist, Wolff relied on the patronage of wealthy Dutch burghers as well as the Prince and Princess of Orange, and so it is somewhat surprising that in the period leading up to the French Revolution so much of his work shows his support for controversial causes including mild socialism.
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