Early 19th century engraved and cut glass with Allegory.
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An exceptional engraved and cut glass on flared foot depicting on one side a circular temple on four Corinthian column with the inscription: " For friendship ". Because of its circular shape, it calls back the temple of Vesta from Roman Forum. In the center, a fire pot maintaining the flame of love an friendship rests on a temple flanked by plants. On the other side, a woman knelt down, dressed "à l'antique" writes on the trunk of a tree the initials " R Z " belonging probably to the person which the glass is made for. Behind her, a seated dog - symbol of loyalty.
H: 4.33in. (11 cm) ; L: 2.95in. (7,5 cm).
Early 19th century. Circa 1800.