An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700
Lot 37*
An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700
Sold for £68,750 (US$ 90,720) inc. premium

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An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700 An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700 An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700
An important Silesian Hochschnitt goblet and cover by Friedrich Winter, Hermsdorf, circa 1700
Carved with the arms of Schaffgotsch, the thistle-shaped bowl deeply carved in Hochschnitt on a polished ground, the bowl with three reserved cartouches, one in high relief with the pine tree device used by the Schaffgotsch family surrounded by the engraved motto Aucun temps ne le Change (Untouched by Time), the other two cartouches engraved in Tiefschnitt with a dragon curled around a tree and a palm tree and an oak tree standing together, each reserved panel surrounded by acanthus scrolls alternating with three strap-like bands surmounted by demonic faces, the lower body embossed with a formal strapwork panels, set on a small merese above a baluster stem carved with further strapwork, another merese at the base, the wide circular foot cut with a band of stiff leaves and engraved with floral motifs, the cushion-shaped cover similarly carved in Hochschnitt with acanthus scrolls and strapwork, the ornament including an engraved dog, a bird, a squirrel and a sunflower, further stiff leaves encircling the pointed finial which is also embellished with formal leaves, 28cm high (2)

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  • Provenance:
    K Götz
    From the estate of a Swiss collector

    Although a number of Hochschnitt goblets of the same basic form are recorded, all with the arms of Schaffgotsch, each has different decoration and the carving within the reserves varies considerably. An example also with Tiefschnitt panels was sold by Bonhams on 21 May 2014, lot 40. Another very similar example in the Bavarian National Museum, Munich, is illustrated by Rainer Rückert, Die Sammlung des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums München, Vol.II (1982), p.254, cat.769, figs.227-228. Compare also with the goblet in the J. Paul Getty Museum (see C. Hess and T. Husband, European Glass in the J. Paul Getty Museum (1997), cat. 68) and the example from the Otto Dettmers Collection, sold at Sotheby's, 23 November 1999, lot 57. A further goblet with the Schaffgotsch arms on a shorter stem was in the Klaus Biemann Collection sold by Bonhams, 26 November 2014, lot 7.

    In 1687 Count Christoph Leopold von Schaffgotsch (1623-1703) granted Friedrich Winter a special privilege or patent to set up a glass-cutting workshop powered by water. This workshop specialised in Hochschnitt decoration creating in glass the appearance of highly-valued rock crystal. Under Schaffgotsch's patronage, Friedrich Winter's workshop created some of the most exciting glass objects in the Baroque taste. One of these, a goblet with the cipher of Count Christoph Leopold's son Johann Anton von Schaffgotsch, was also in the Klaus Biemann Collection, lot 6. The Dessau Goblet, a true masterpiece of Silesian Hochschnitt by Friedrich Winter was sold by Bonhams as part of the Mühleib Collection, 2 May 2013, lot 39.
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