Dutch engraved light baluster goblet

A superbly engraved large light baluster goblet made and engraved between 1720 and 1740 probably in Southern Holland. The subject is a pastoral scene with classical ruins and other buildings in the background. In the foreground cattle and a pair of lovers can be seen. The form of the glass is similar to several decorated by the stipple engraver Frans Greenwood. (See “Frans Greenwood 1680-1763” by F.G.A.M.Smit privately published 1988.) There is no record of Greenwood wheel engraving glasses but the evidence would suggest that whoever created this decoration would have been working at the same time and probably using glasses from the same glasshouse.

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