A Miniature Brandy Bowl

This completely smooth round brandy bowl has sturdy handles on both sides. These handles are openworked and engraved with a line along the edges. The bowl stands on a smooth round plint.
It was made in Amsterdam in 1779 by Johannes Adrianus van Geffen.

Brandy bowls were used for festive occasions, such as the birth of a child, a 'poppe'. The host would then drink a toast and the bowl would be passed around to the guests, with everyone taking a 'poppeslok' of the brandy with a silver spoon. The treat was not only passed around at maternity visits, but was also offered at New Year's celebrations and on other anniversaries such as engagements and weddings.


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