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Calligraphic engraving of glass was considered a useful pastime for the cultural elite in the 17th century. The poet Anna Roemers Visscher, for example, was very adept at this craft. These glass bottles were engraved with decorative script by Willem van Heemskerk, a cloth merchant from Leiden.


Specifications

Title bottle
Material and technique Free-blown glass with diamond point engraving
Object type Bottle
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Weight : 0,306
Diameter : 14,3 cm
Height : 21,3 cm
Makers Engraver: Willem Jacobszoon van Heemskerk
Glass blower: Anonymous
Accession number 785 (KN&V)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Mevr. H.J. Heederik-de Wolff 1969
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 1969
Age maker About 73 years old
Exhibitions Hand Made - Long Live Craft (2013)
Material Glass > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Bottle > Holder > Kitchen and household > Utensil
Technique Diamond point engraving > Engraving > Engraved > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Free-blowing > Free-blown > Glass blowing techniques > Glass technique > Technique > Material and technique
Free-blowing > Free-blown > Glass blowing techniques > Glass technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Willem Jacobszoon van Heemskerk

Leiden 1613 - Leiden 1692

Van Heemskerk was a textile merchant in Leiden. A characteristic of his work is the use of short, pithy proverbs which are evidence of a Remonstrant mind. There..