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A Silesian Zwischengoldglas Silhouette Portrait Glass, circa 1790, by Johann Sigismund Menzell, the semi-ovoid bowl with two Zwischengold oval silhouette portraits of a lady and gentleman, the reverse with a similar panel inscribed Dem Biedern Freunde Seidler zum Andenken der Freundschafft Gewidmet within engraved laurel and vine cartouche above a cut honeycomb band on an octagonal swept foot, 12.5cm high
See Sotheby's Concise Encyclopaedia of Glass, pg.88, for a discussion of the production of Zwichengoldglas in Warmbrunn and the portrait silhouette glasses produced there by Johann Sigismund Menzell (1744-1810). For a similar pair of portrait mugs see Sotheby's London, 5th June 2007, lot 148.
Minor wear to gilt rim. Minor chips to foot polished out. Flaw in black to head of gentleman. 250612