A rare baluster wine glass with diamond point engraving, circa 1720
Lot 71
A rare baluster wine glass with diamond point engraving, circa 1720
Sold for £8,125 (US$ 13,753) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare baluster wine glass with diamond point engraving, circa 1720
The funnel shaped bowl with a solid base, decorated with a delicate engraving of a clock dial, the hands both pointing to midnight, within the neatly lettered inscription 'Tenere non potes, Potes non Perdere', set on graduated cushioned knops and a true baluster above a domed, terraced foot, 16.1cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    An English private collection, purchased at Sotheby's 17 December 2003, lot 104

    The inscription can be translated as 'What you can't hold you can't lose'.

    In an important article in the Burlington Magazine, May 1994, Robert Charleston discussed a group of early English glass with diamond-point inscriptions, some of which he attributed to 'The Calligraphic Master'. Charleston illustrates a punchbowl in the Ashmolean Museum (figs.9-10) dated 1732 and bearing a Latin inscription using somewhat similar lettering to the present lot. He also records a baluster wine glass with a drinking motto (fig.11). A baluster glass with a diamond-point portrait of Queen Anne was acquired by the British Museum in 2002 and this is signed 'Felix Foster fecit 1718'
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