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United Dutch Provinces Engraved Covered Goblet c1750


Heading : United Dutch Provinces Engraved Covered Goblet
Origin : Glucksburger hutte, saxony 
Colour : Clear
Bowl : Conical, engraved with each of the Coats of Arms of the seven united provinces set within an orange tree. The cover has a wheel engraved orange tree and a facet cut and printie decorated finial
Stem : Facet cut shoulder knop
Foot : Domed, folded 
Pontil : Snapped
Glass Type : Soda
Size :  30cm height, 8cm diameter bowl, 9cm diameter base. 
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks
Restoration : None
Weight: 374grams

Pieces such as drive our unglagging interest in antique glass. The history behind both the manufacturer and the decoration of this glass are  are pertinent to millions of people all over the world. Made c1750 in Saxony, the story of this glass traverses five continents via the Seven Years war and two hundred years through the Dutch Republic. 

Manufactured at the Glücksburger hutte (Glucksburg glass house) in around 1750 the glass house was sacked by Prussian troops and, although it survived the attack, it eventually closed down at the end of the war. The Seven Years War was one of the most momentous conflicts in human history. Sometimes referred to by historians as “World War Zero” the Seven Years War spanned five continents and led to the death of over a million people. 

The French and the British were essentially fighting for control of the American Colonies and this involved those from the colonies themselves. Eventually the British took control of the greater share of the American colonies (not for long with independence being declared only fifteen years after the war ended) and the French lost their mainland European supremacy. The French economy tanked when the  government was unable to pay debts accrued during the war. Many historians consider this as one of if not the primary cause behind the French Revolution. 

The subject of the engraving, interestingly enough, was neutral during the seven years war. The Dutch republic was comprised of seven provinces whose armorials are depicted on the bowl. It essentially ceased to be a republic with the first hereditary Stadtholder, William IV Prince of Orange, taking control of the country in 1747, although it still officially remained a republic until1 1815. The orange tree about which the armorials are  etched is a representation of either William or the House of Orange-Nassau to which he belonged.  The Duchy of Guelders had the highest traditional feudal rank as the only duchy in the Dutch republic and the armorial of the duchy is therefore placed in the middle of the tree symbolising it’s relative importance within the hierarchy.  


References :

Laurensteiner Glas by Aldeidis von Rohr Pl. 28

Corning Museum collection: https://www.cmog.org/artwork/goblet-1368?search=collection%3A0b59df484d7c0fbd9852200974d23167&page=1


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