A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743
Lot 56
A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743
Sold for £79,250 (US$ 124,282) inc. premium

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A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743 A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743 A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743
A fine Dutch stipple-engraved light-baluster portrait goblet by Aart Schouman, dated 1743
The round funnel bowl decorated in diamond-point with a half-length portrait of a man doffing his high-crowned hat and holding in his right hand a partially-filled roemer, with trailing foliage to one side, set on a tall multi-knopped stem and conical foot inscribed VREEDE en VRYHEIT, 21.1cm high, signed A.Schouman. fecit, 1743 beneath the portrait

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Arnout Vosmaer, The Hague, sale Scheurleer, The Hague, 17 March 1800, p.314, lot 86
    Private Museum of Repelaer van Spijkenisse, Haarlem
    H.P van de Wall Repelaer van Puttershoek, Dubbeldam
    H. van de Wall Repelaer
    Anon. sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 24 September 1985, lot 69

    Exhibited:
    Tentoonstelling Hollandsche Interieur XVIIIe eeuw.
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 14 March-3 May 1931
    Aart Schouman, Museum of Dordrecht, 27 August-2 October 1960

    Literature:
    Catalogus van de tentoonstelling Het Hollandsche Interieur in de XVIIIe eeuw (1931), Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, p.17, no.46
    William Buckley, Aert Schouman (1931), p.18, no.1, pl.8
    W.B.Honey, Glass (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1946), p.135
    L.J.Bol, Herdenkingstentoonstelling Aart Schouman 1710-1792 (Dordrecht Museum, 1960), pp.29 and 88, no.168
    W.Smit, Uniquely Dutch eighteenth century stipple-engravings on glass (1992), pp.98-99, Cg3

    The inscription translates as 'Peace and Freedom'.

    The period around 1743 (the date of the engraving) was politically uneventful in the history of the Dutch Republic. Therefore it would seem doubtful that Schouman added 'Peace and Freedom' to commemorate a contemporary occasion. The inscription, which hardly relates to the subject portrayed, was perhaps added to the foot of the glass at a later date.

    In 1776 Jacobus van den Blijk engraved the same picture on a goblet in an identical manner but placed the figure virtually upright and not leaning back as on the present example. His copy occupies only the top two thirds of the height of the bowl.
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