English made "Friendship" goblet with ogee bowl with Dutch stipple engraving of two putti sharing a glass of wine, accompanied by a dog underneath the inscription VRIENDSCHAP. The bowl is supported on a hexagonal facet cut stem standing on a plain conical foot.
Height - 7⅛ inches;
Bowl diameter - 2¾ inches;
Foot diameter - 3¼ inches.
In excellent condition with a very few small inclusions. The bowl rim has a shear mark indicating that the bowl is original and intact. The foot rim also has a tiny raised inclusion confirming its original condition. There are no signs of restoration to any other parts of the glass.
Provenence: Ex Christie's, Amsterdam, September 1985, lot 78; September 1985 to August 2014 a collector from County Antrim, Ireland. Ex Dreweatte's August 2014 and then with Athelny Antiques to present.
Attribution: The glass has previously been attributed to David Wolff. However there are some elements of the design and execution which suggests that the artist may well have been the engraver known as Alias. The long eared dog is a motif commonly used by him. The use of line engraving alongside stipple engraving is also characteristic of his work as is are the more characterful faces on the putti.