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Lot 424

A Dutch-engraved Silesian-stemmed shipping goblet, c.1740, the funnel bowl finely engraved with...

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Lot 424

A Dutch-engraved Silesian-stemmed shipping goblet, c.1740, the funnel bowl finely engraved with...

Price Realised: £5,510

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 424


A Dutch-engraved Silesian-stemmed shipping goblet, c.1740, the funnel bowl finely engraved with a three-masted sailing ship flying a flag inscribed VOC beneath the inscription DE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE for the Dutch East India Company, the bowl set on a flattened ball knop with tear inclusion and a Silesian hexagonal pedestal stem and folded foot, 16.8cm high

Note: This goblet is a fine example of a type of English glassware decorated with wheel-engraving by Dutch artisans, dateable to the first half of the 18th century. The stem type known as 'Silesian' is not for any direct connection with Silesia but instead so-named to honour the arrival of the Hanoverian George I to the English throne in 1714. The ship depicted, while not named as a Privateer vessel, can be associated to the Dutch East India Company by the presence of the 'VOC' insignia to the ship's flag. 

The Dutch East India Company was constituted in 1602 as a means to amalgamate the various competing Dutch companies trading in the East Indies under one monopolistic corporation, united by national interest against foreign competitors. The presence of the 'VOC' insignia on material goods, both luxury and utility, served as a reminder of both the strength and the wealth of the company. Considering the well-established Dutch ritual of drinking and toasting at the conclusion of formal affairs and business transactions, it is not surprising that wine glasses would be an ideal object to bear the mark of the company, regardless of whether the goblet was intended for practical use or as a purely symbolic object. 

A similarly shaped goblet with related East India Company engraving to the bowl was sold at Bonhams as part of the A.C. Hubbard Collection of Important English and Dutch Glass, 30 November 2011, lot 261, for £5000 (including buyer's premium). 

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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