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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Heller, David.
In Search of VOC Glass.

Cape Town Maskew Miller Limited: 1954.

"VOC" was a monogram used in the 17th and 18th century by the Dutch East India Company. David Heller, an antiques dealer, kept running across fantastic antique 18th century glass with engraved VOC monograms and arms, but most of it just didn't seem quite "right". Heller's investigation showed that while there may be some genuine 18th century VOC glass out there, most of it, including some museum specimens, seemed to be "off", and moreover, much of it may have come from the same source... An interesting and informative tale of antiquarian sleuthing, and yet another example of collectors and dealers wanting to believe a bit too much in an otherwise somewhat improbable story... which is the factor on which fakers always rely.

Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 103 pages plus 22 b/w plates, dj a nice copy in a rather worn and chipped jacket.

Inventory #: 30798
Price: $ 75.00      

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