Stipple-engraved Wineglass

Object Name: 
Stipple-engraved Wineglass

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Object Name: 
Stipple-engraved Wineglass
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 15.5 cm; Foot Diam: 8.2 cm
Not on Display
about 1780-1798
Web Description: 
This goblet shows a nearly circular rocaille cartouche framing the bust of a clergyman, with books in the background on the right. The finesse and density of the stipple engraving provide the basis for the attribution to David Wolff (1732–1798), a celebrated master of this technique in the last quarter of the 18th century. Wolff regularly depicted men of political or cultural importance, but it is rare to see a portrait together with personal attributes. The subject of the portrait may be Jacob van Nuys Klinkenberg (1744–1817), a respected cleric and theologian in the northern Netherlands, who was appointed chairman of the theology department at Amsterdam University in 1784, about the time this wineglass was decorated. Wolff typically decorated goblets with the kind of baluster or faceted stems that were originally made in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, or the southern Netherlands. Stylistically, these glasses fall within the late Rococo and neoclassical periods. Wolff’s restrained Rococo-style engraving remained popular to the end of the 18th century. For further information on this technique, see Pieter C. Ritsema van Eck, Glass in the Rijksmuseum, 2 vv., Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers, 1993–1995, v. 2, pp. 408–467, esp. cat. no. 567, p. 450; and F. G. A. M. Smit, Uniquely Dutch Eighteenth-Century Stipple-Engravings on Glass, Peterborough, U.K.: the author, 1993.
Brown, Henry (English), Former Collection
Treherne Collection, Former Collection
Crabtree, Christopher J., Former Collection
Bonhams, Source
Primary Description: 
Ovoid bowl decorated in diamond-point with an oval rocaille cartouche enclosing a bust portrait of a man, possibly a cleric, with books to the rear, flanked by floral festoons, above a stem cut with diamond facets and conical foot.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 34; BIB# AI90243
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2010 (2011) illustrated, pp. 22-23, #12; BIB# AI86878