A Dutch stipple-engraved Liberty wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780

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Lot 75*
A Dutch stipple-engraved Liberty wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780

Sold for £ 2,750 (US$ 3,583) inc. premium
A Dutch stipple-engraved Liberty wine glass by David Wolff, circa 1780
The round funnel bowl with a faceted base, finely engraved with a prancing horse in woodland, a banderol above inscribed 'AUREA LIBERTAS', on a replacement faceted stem and circular foot, 17.8cm high (stem and foot replaced)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Frederic Neuberg Collection
    Lempertz sale, Cologne 23 May 1957, lot 620
    Sotheby's sale 15 April 1997, lot 474
    Julius and Ann Kaplan Collection

    Literature
    Martine Newby, Eighteenth Century English Glass From the Collection of Julius and Ann Kaplan (1998), fig.26

    A small number of glasses engraved with a horse by David Wolff include two examples in the Rijksmuseum, published by Ritsema van Eck (1995), no.554. Christopher Sheppard and John Smith, Engraved Glass Masterpieces from Holland (1990), p.83, no.44 discuss another glass with a closely-related horse by David Wolff. Another was in the A.C. Hubbard Jr. Collection sold by Bonhams 30 November 2011, lot 276. Earlier in the 18th century engraved horses probably represented the White Horse of Hanover, but by the time this glass was produced a running or springing horse presumably symbolised Freedom. David Wolff appears to have been a supporter of the Patriot's cause.
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