A rare Daumenglas or Thumb Glass, Dutch or German, 17th Century

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Lot 53
A rare Daumenglas or Thumb Glass, Dutch or German, 17th Century

Sold for £ 2,750 (US$ 3,316) inc. premium
A rare Daumenglas or Thumb Glass, Dutch or German, 17th Century
In pale green-tinted glass, the barrel shaped vessel decorated around the middle with six impressed thumb-holes, between pairs of milled threads trailed around, the base with an applied ring foot, 16.8cm high (minor losses to trailing)

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  • Provenance:
    Collected by a Dutch nobleman Jonkheer Mr. Willem J. Snouck Hurgronje (1848-1912) and Lady Anne Boreel (1861-1929), thence by descent to Jonkheer Mr. Aarnout Marinus Snouck Hurgronje and to the present owners. In 1929 part of the collection went to Gemeente Museum, The Hague.

    A closely related example in the Bayerischen Nationalmuseum, Munich is illustrated in Reiner Rückert's catalogue (1982), vol.1, pl.XIV, fig.264. Another in the Rijksmuseum is illustrated by van Eck and Zijlstra-Zweens, Glass (1993), vol.1, p.124, fig.170. The indented finger holes allowed a firm grip as these distinctive drinking vessels became heavy when filled.
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