The Withens Goblet, a Dutch diamond-point engraved façon de Venise goblet circa 1680

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Lot 143
The Withens Goblet, a Dutch diamond-point engraved façon de Venise goblet
circa 1680

Sold for £ 15,600 (US$ 19,397) inc. premium
The Withens Goblet, a Dutch diamond-point engraved façon de Venise goblet
circa 1680
The flared bowl inscribed on one side FRANCIS WITHENS, the reverse with 10 MAIE 1590 flanking stylised flowers, all within bands of leaf scroll bordered by cabling, above a merese over a coiled openwork stem inset with spiralling brick-red and white threads, with applied pincered and trailed ornament, set on a wide conical foot with folded rim engraved with short hatched flutes, 25cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Reinhard Speck Collection, San Francisco, sold Sotheby's, 9 November 1993, lot 14; The Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Japan, sold Sotheby's, 19 December 2002, lot 25; The Christopher J. Crabtree Collection

    Exhibited: Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, June 2000

    The aristocratic family of Withens is recorded in Leiden, near Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries. The inscribed 1590 date might suggest that this late 17th century goblet commemorates an anniversary, the significance of which has yet to be established.
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