a glass calligraphy panel dated 1764 signed Scholting
Lot 9
An important diamond engraved calligraphic panel by Hendrik Scholting, dated 1764
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 33,000

Lot Details
An important diamond engraved calligraphic rectangular panel by Hendrik Scholting, dated 1764
An important diamond engraved calligraphic panel by Hendrik Scholting, dated 1764
The clear glass pane finely engraved in diamond-point with a verse relating to class and equality, signed at the bottom 'Anno 1764, Hendrik Scholting Mr. Smit', in a simple metal mount, 44cm high x 36cm wide overall

Footnotes

  • The poem reads

    Hier is geschiet rechtvaardig Regt,
    Den heer die legt hier bij zijn Knegt,
    Den arme legt hier, bij den Rijken,
    Den slegten bij den Kostelijken,
    Den boer legt bij den Edelman,
    Den wijse bij die niet en Kan,
    Hier legt den dwase bij den Wijsen,
    Den ijonge bij den ouden Grijsen,
    Nukomt al hier en segget Mij,
    Wien hier schoon rijk oft edel Zij,
    Sij leggen samen bij Malkanderen,
    Den eenen is gelijk den Anderen.

    This can be translated as

    A righteous law is in place here
    The master lies with his servant
    The poor lies with the rich
    The bad with the righteous
    The farmer with the noblemen
    The smart one with the one who is not
    The fool with the wise
    The young with the old grey ones
    So come here and tell me who is rich or noble here?
    They lay side by side, each one equal to the other.

    The present lot appears to be unrecorded in the literature. For details of other known panels by Hendrik Scholting see Frans Smit, A Concise Catalogue of European Line-engraved Glassware 1570-1900 (1994), p.16, nos.1.5 to 1.11 (inclusive). A panel by Scholting is illustrated by Peter Ritsema van Eck, Glass in the Rijksmuseum Volume II (1995), p.135, no.126. This is dated 1763 and signed by the engraver using his extended signature. Another panel by Hendrik Scholting was sold at Christies Amsterdam, 7 June 1994, Lot 33, and the same rooms sold a goblet by Scholting on 14 November 2000, Lot 27. A further goblet attributed to Scholting was sold by Sotheby's London, 21 November 2006, Lot 93

    Hendrik Scholting was a diamond-point engraver (Dordrecht 27 September 1700- 29 January 1780) and was also a master blacksmith; he added his profession 'Mr. Smit a Dort' to his signature on one other glass panel. From 1742 to 1766 he was inspector of the Mint of Holland and Zeeland. In Dordrecht, Scholting was a man of means; besides a smithy he owned eight houses, a coach house and stables. Scholting engraved calligraphic inscriptions in different types of scripts on wine glasses and glass panels. Seven wine glasses signed by him are known as well as seven glass panels not including the present lot.
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