Ceremonial goblet with wheel engraving of a toast to the art of bookkeeping and trade with the inscription CREDIT, BALANCE and T WELVAREN VAN DE NEGOTIE
Colourless lead glass
Glass: The Netherlands (Utrecht?) or England
Wheel engraving: The Netherlands
First half eighteenth century
The words CREDIT and BALANCE are inscribed on two enormous books that lean against a treasure chest above a caduceus the staff of Mercury, the god of trade. Atop of the Credit Book a cockerel. Beneath the depiction the inscription T WELVAREN VAN DE NEGOTIE, To the prosperity of trade.
The cockerel is a symbol of vigilance. The prominent books suggest that this glass was raised in a toast to bookkeeping, here the key to commercial success.