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Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings

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Glass Circle lecture season


7.15pm Tuesday 9th June

(refreshments from 6.30pm)

Anna Laméris:

Three Diamond Line Engravers in Eighteenth Century Utrecht:
Thomas van Borckeloo, Abraham Frederik van Schürman, Adrianus Hoevenaar

Large ceremonial goblet with cover, from the Utrecht
Aalmoezenierskamer (almonership). Diamond line engraving
signed by Thomas van Borckeloo, 1736. Height 29,5 cm, with
cover 41,0 cm. Centraal Museum Utrecht


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.

Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Members are reminded to advise the Secretary, in advance, of their intention to attend.

Please note: Lecture Meetings - members £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

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Next meetings in 2015: 9th June, 13th October, 10th November

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