In eighteenth century Holland the use of ceremonial goblets with engravings increased immensely.
During the seventeenth century the majority of goblets were engraved with a diamond, whereas in the 18th century most glasses were engraved by professional engravers using copper wheels.
However, some engravers in the eighteenth century used the old technique, with a diamond.
Three of these diamond line engravers that we know by name, lived in Utrecht, a city in the
middle of the Netherlands.
They signed some of their works on glass, which enables us to deduce an oeuvre. These engravers are Thomas van Borckeloo (? -1765), Abraham Frederik van Schürman (1730-1783), and Adrianus Hoevenaar (1764-1832).
During my lecture I will shortly tell about their lives and show their engravings. In addition, I will discuss the following questions:
Were these men somehow related?
Were they influenced by each other’s work?
The three engravers all used lead glass; what type of goblets did they choose to engrave?
Anna Laméris is a member of the family firm Frides Laméris, Amsterdam, with a special interest in engraved glass, on which she publishes.