A Dutch stipple-engraved plain stem wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780-90
Lot 276*
A Dutch stipple-engraved plain stem wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780-90
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 34,700) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Dutch stipple-engraved plain stem wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780-90
The Hague, the drawn ovoid bowl decorated with a horse courant to sinister in a meadow flanked by two trees and with a village in the distance, on a conical foot, 15.5cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon., sale, Christie's, 25 November 1986, lot 160
    With Friedes Lameris, Amsterdam
    With Michael Kovacek, Vienna

    Literature:
    F.G.A.M.Smit, Uniquely Dutch eighteenth century stipple-engravings on glass (1992), p.160, no.Fa12, attributed to David Wolff
    Christie's Review of The Season 1987 (1986), fig., p.45

    For another glass similarly engraved see that from the Bradford Collection, sold at Christie's, 4 June 1985, lot 13 and illustrated by C.R.S.Sheppard and John P. Smith, Engraved Glass Masterpieces from Holland (1990),p.83, fig.44. A horse courant engraved in Holland between 1734 and 1759 could represent the armorial White Horse of Hanover, in honour of Princess Anna of Hanover, wife of Prince Willem IV of Orange-Nassau. From 1759 onwards - particularly during the last quarter of the 18th century (the period of the present example) - a running horse would probably symbolise freedom and as such is of a political nature relating to the Patriot party.
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