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glass (diamond-point engraved), silver, cork
26.9 × 15.6 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
the Netherlands
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Australian Consolidated Industries, 1972
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Dark green glass, silver-mounted stopper, silver chain and collar, long neck, globular body, engraved.
Diamond-point engraving involved incising the surface of a glass with a diamond-tip or steel burin. It was a simple technique, often practised by skilled amateur decorators, likely introduced into the Netherlands by Venetian craftsmen and which reached high levels of refinement in the Dutch Republic during the mid seventeenth century. Glasses were inscribed with both scrolling calligraphic text and pictorial imagery. Rotterdam craftsman Willem Mooleyser became a particularly skilled and distinctive engraver. Many works from the time are designated as in the manner of Mooleyser, but this bottle may be attributed with some confidence to Mooleyser himself.