Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

MEROVINGIAN GLASS CONE BEAKER

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Merovingian Glass by John Allaire on April 10, 2014

Frankish or Merovingian cone-shaped beaker of pale green glass. The body is decorated with pattern-molded diagonal ribs, and there is a fine trail of the same color glass applied in a horizontal spiral to the upper part of the body below the flaring rim. Flat base; minor repair.

H: 6 3/8 in

Late 5th to first half of 6th C.

Paris Sale # 515-16, Stern # 192

History:  The Franks ( 400-580 AD) were a confederation of Germanic tribes from east of the Rhine, who settled in northeast Gaul (now France and Belgium) by the Roman authorities in order to protect Gaul from ‘barbarian’ invasion.  The Franks fought with the Romans against the Huns in 451.  But after the collapse of the Roman Empire, they began to extend their own rule.  King Clovis (481-511) established the powerful Merovingian dynasty, which governed both the Franks and the native Gallo-Romans.  He and his sons controlled much of present-day France and west Germany.

60e-frankish-cone-beaker

60E Merovingian Glass Cone Beaker

EGYPTIAN GLASS FROM THE ROMAN PERIOD

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on April 4, 2014

SPOOL-SHAPED UNGUENTARIUM

This perfume holder characterizes a common type of glass made in Egypt during the Second and Third centuries A.D. The dark green color, wide neck, thick walls and base occur on all of the pieces from this group. These sturdy containers were probably used for shipping perfume. It is intact with brilliant iridescence.

D: 2-3rd Century

H: 7 ¾ cm, Rim: 6 cm, Base: 6 ½ cm

Ref: Kevorkian #317-323, Auth 1976 #139, Barakat #G168, 169, P. 120

15R Roman Spool-shaped Unguentariom 2-3rd C 7.7 cm

15R Roman Spool-shaped Unguentariom 2-3rd C 7.7 cm


Green English Wines in the Allaire Collection

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, English Glass by John Allaire on March 28, 2014

GREEN ENGLISH WINES

In the many aspects of English glass making, the Eighteen Century stands out as representing an enormous variety of drinking vessels most of which were made of colorless glass. Appearing, for a short time mid-point in this century (1750-1760) wines manufactured in green glass became a fashionable choice. The following photos from the Allaire Collection show a variety of examples of green English wines made during this short period.

English green wines in Allaire Glass Collection

English green wines in Allaire Glass Collection

To see more information on each wine glass click on the following number of the piece to be linked to it’s description. 35E, 55E, 82E, 96E, 97E-A, 97E-B

English Facon de Venise Glass Tazza

English Facon De Venise Glass Tazza

A small tazza made of clear soda glass with a shallow tray gently curving up at the edge. The spreading conical base has a folded foot.  This is a product of one of the Duke of Buckingham’s glass factories in England which were active around the 1670’s. The tazza illustrates the influence of Venetian style of glassmaking and use of soda glass prior to the introduction of leaded glass later in the British market of the 18th Century.

D: 1670

H: 3cm

D: 13cm

111E English Facon de Venise Glsdd Tazza

111E English Facon de Venise Glass Tazza

ROMAN GLASS SPRINKLER FLASK

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on March 21, 2014

SPRINKLER FLASK (our first)

This pale olive green bottle has a funnel-shaped mouth and two handles of a darker green color. The faint diagonal pattern on the body was achieved by first blowing the glass into an optic mold. The bubble was then removed, twisted and further inflated. The small hole created by the neck constriction in this vessel permits only a drop or two of liquid to pass through at a time. This also prevents the costly contents from evaporating. The glass is still fairly clear and transparent as it was originally intended when created. Flask is intact. It was found in Israel.

D: 3rd to 4th Century AD

H: 7.5 cm Rim: 5.2 cm

1r-Roman glass sprinkler-flask

01R Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask 3nd-4th Century

VENETIAN SALVIATI GOBLET

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Salviati Glass by John Allaire on March 19, 2014

VENETIAN SALVIATI GOBLET

Salviati is a family and a group of companies. They were glass makers and mosaicists who worked and sold their products in the cities of Murano, Venice and London.The firms were Salviati, Jesuram & Co., Venice and Murano Glass and Mosaic Co., Pauly&Co and today Arc International. The founder was Antonio Salviati.One of the most important family members was Giulio Salviati (1843-1898).

A good book on this very collectable glass is: Venetian Glass of the 1890’s: Salviati at Stanford University by Carol M. Osborne

The provenance of the Salviati goblet pictured is the Carder Collection.Fredrick Carder managed the Steuben Glass Works in Corning NY and developed many of their early designs and glass formulas.

H: 9 ¾ inches

19th C

1e-venetian-salviate-goblet

01E Venetian Salviati Goblet

A Pair Of Early English Gin Glasses

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, English Glass by John Allaire on March 11, 2014

Early English Gin Glasses (Pair)

This pair of small English glasses was probably used for drinking gin based on their size. They have a drawn trumpet bowl, solid stem and folded foot and are almost identical except for a variation in height.

H: 4 & 4 ½ inches

D: 18th Century

Ref: Bickerton #344, #385

64E Pair of Early English Gin Glasses

64E Pair of Early English Gin Glasses

Large English Air Twist Wine Glass

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, English Glass by John Allaire on March 6, 2014

Large English Air Twist Wine Glass

A fine tall English air twist goblet of drawn trumpet form on a multiple spiral air twisted stem and folded conical foot.

H: 9 inches (22.8 cm)

D: 1740

Ref: Bickerton # 392

65E Large English Air twist Wine

65E Large English Air twist Wine

Facon de Venise Glass Pilgrim Flask

Pilgrim Flask Facon de Venise

A pilgrim flask was originally a flattened gourd-shaped bottle made mostly of pottery intended for use by pilgrims to carry water. Those made since the 15th C of glass may have been more for ornamental purposes. Most of the flasks with this shape are enameled and some decorated with gold-leaf.

H: 18.4 cm  

D: 16th Century or Later

Ref: European Glass, Getty #20, Robert Lehman Collection, Met #4, Golden Age of Venetian Glass #37

25E Venetian Glass Pilgrim Flask

25E Venetian Glass Pilgrim Flask

The three pilgrim flasks below are examples of enameled and gold-leaf decoration often found on this type of glass.

Facon de Venise French Wine Glass

Facon de Venise French Wine Glass

 This Facon de Venise wine goblet was probably made in (Liege) Belgium or France.  The glass has a straw tint and a conical pattern-molded bowl with a hollow stem.

H: 13.5 cm

Early 18th C.

Ref: Beyond Venice P.163, Rijksmuseum # 235,236

77E French wine

77e French wine

All three glasses for comparison.  See each glass on its own post for a description.  Use the search box and search by the  wine’s number.

left to right 68E,76E,77E French wine glasses

left to right 68E,76E,77E French wine glasses

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