Stemmed Glass - Technique to produce
Holland; 2nd half 18th c.
The diamond-point technique (stippling) used in engraving this glass was developed in the 1st half of the 17th c. in Holland. Hundreds of tiny points were made with a fine diamond to achieve scenes, designs and inscriptions.
The technique was still more refined during the 18th c., the most famous master of diamond-point being David Wolff who decorated this glass. His work is outstanding for its high quality and scenes showing, as here, putti. He was wonderfully skilful in producing scenes with a delightful interplay of light and shadow.