Engraved flute glass by Unknown Artist

Such elegant glasses were popular in the seventeenth century in the Netherlands and often appear in contemporary paintings, usually holding red wine.

Details

Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
50 cm
Art Fund grant:
£18,000 ( Total: £118,000)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Mallett

Not surprisingly, relatively few have survived: they are extremely delicate and would break easily. This example is certainly one of the largest still in existence. The decoration is charming and of considerable historical interest. The figure of a boy with a feathered hat, astride a prancing horse and carrying a baton in his left hand, sets off for his ride, below the band of flowering tendrils near the top of the bowl. This is the five year old Prince Willem III of Orange. On the reverse of the bowl a tree-stump is engraved with two leafless branches, one bearing a single fruit, an orange representing the only child of his father.

Provenance

Mallet & Sons.

Venue details

Burrell Collection Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, GLASGOW Strathclyde G43 1AT 0141 287 2550 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/burrell-collection

Entry details

Free to all

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