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Wine glass

Wine glass

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)
    Utrecht (north, engraved)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)
    1748 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Borckeloo, Thomas van (engraver (inciser))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Diamond-point engraved glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by R. W. Morris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 16, shelf 3

The glass shows an orange tree in a pot and the inscription 'Vive Orange', long live (the house of) Orange. The engraving celebrates the birth of the Dutch Prince William V of Orange, represented by the shoot coming from the base of the orange tree. William was born in 1748, the year that Van Borckeloo engraved and dated the glass.

Special drinking glasses with commemorative inscriptions were particularly popular in Holland in the 18th century. Both amateur and professional diamond-point engravers worked on local as well as imported glasses. They mostly made these glasses as one-off pieces for special occasions and often dated them and marked them with their signature.

This glass is only one of three known signed glasses by the Utrecht engraver Thomas van Borckeloo. In this case Van Borckeloo used an English glass which was made about 30 years before he engraved it.

Physical description

Small lead-glass goblet with mushroom-shaped baluster stem. Diamond-point engraved with an orange tree in a pot and the inscription Vive Orange. Dated 1748 and signed by Thomas van Borckeloo.

Place of Origin

England (made)
Utrecht (north, engraved)


early 18th century (made)
1748 (engraved)


Borckeloo, Thomas van (engraver (inciser))

Materials and Techniques

Diamond-point engraved glass

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Vive Orange'; signed 'T: VF[?]: Borckeloo.1748'
Long live the house of Orange
Long live Orange
Decoration; Signature


Height: 16.7 cm

Descriptive line

Wine glass, engraved in Utrecht with inscription 'Vive Orange', The Netherlands, the glass English, engraved by Thomas van Borckeloo, dated 1748

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Another signed glass by Van Borckeloo, dated 1732, is in the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, see: Jet Pijzel-Dommisse and Titus Eliens, Glinsterend Glass, 1500 jaar Europese glaskunst: De collectie van het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Zwolle, Den Haag, 2009, pp. 175-176, cat. 286

Production Note

the engraving dated 1748








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