Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ROMAN GREEN GLASS PITCHER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on July 28, 2014

PALE GREEN ROMAN GLASS PITCHER

This beautiful pale green pitcher has a domed body with a flat base slightly hollowed.  The graceful neck, funnel-mouth and arched handle combine to make a lovely example of glassware from the period.  In addition to the pale color it has patches of unusual “opalescent” type of iridescence.  There is a row of faint mold-blown indents on the body which indicates this piece was removed from the mold and further inflated.  The green thread handle was first attached at the shoulder then pulled up and attached at the mouth. The piece is intact and was found in Israel.

Third to Fourth Century A.D.

H:  9.5 cm, Rim D: 4.5 cm

Cf. Hayes 1975, #416, #438, APC #Z-15

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06R Pale green Roman pitcher

 

ROMAN BLUE BOTTLE

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

SMALL BLUE ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE

This precisely shaped globular bottle was probably used for perfume or bath oil.  Its delicate proportion and intense cobalt blue color make it a fine example of glass vessels of the period. Unguentaria, or perfume bottles are probably the earliest blown glass vessels.  In their simplest form they are merely a bubble on the end of the blow pipe, with little modification beyond a short neck and a flattened base.  Many of the early bottles are intentionally colored and these  rich colors were a dominate feature in glassmaking until the end of the first century A.D. when colorless glass became more fashionable.  This piece is intact and was found in Syria

First Century A.D.

H: 5.2 cm,  GD: 3.8 cm

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05R Small blue Roman glass bottle

Roman GLASS BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on July 14, 2014

ROMAN CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE

This graceful bottle is completely covered with a shimmering iridescence. Cylindrical bottles of this period are characterized by two types of mouth: one folded in and flattened and the other more common funnel mouth with folded rim as in this example. Both types of bottles are consistently a pale green. Piece is intact. Found in Turkey.

Third Century A.D.

H: 9.8 cm, Rim: 6.5 cm D

Cf. Auth 1976, #443, APC # I-3

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04R Roman cylindrical bottle with iridescence.

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Facon de Venise Wine Glass

Facon de Venise Wine Glass

This delicate wine is from Northern France or Southern Netherlands and is made in the Venetian style of glassmaking. The vessel has a pointed round funnel bowl with a stem of a flattened knop and base knop. The foot is funnel-shaped with a turned under edge. A faint purple tint can be seen throughout this diminutive glass.

H: 11.5 cm
D: c. 1700

113E Facon de Venise wine glass

113E Facon de Venise wine glass

Ivory and Green Jade Colored Steuben Glass

Ivory Jade Colored Steuben Glass Vase

The Ivory Jade color was developed in the 1920s by Carder for the Steuben Glass Co. It is a warm cream color in translucent glass. This beautiful vase was personally signed F. Carder.

H: 5 ¼ inches
D: c. 1920s

78A Steuben ivory jade colored glass vase

78A Steuben ivory jade colored glass vase

 

Green Jade Colored Steuben Glass Bowl

The Green Jade color was developed in the 1920s by Carder for the Steuben Glass Co. This bowl is a light green color on a white foot made in translucent glass.

H: 2 ½ inches
D: c. 1920s

79A Steuben green jade colored glass bowl

Jade Colors of Steuben Glass

In the 1920s, Carder developed colorful types of glass that were neither transparent nor opaque. These translucent Jade pieces were made in light and dark blue, green, and other colors. They were used extensively in the production of acid-etched pieces and tableware. Rosaline, which is usually considered a Jade glass, and the other Jades were often combined with off-white glass and decorated with engraving or etching. Ivory, a warm cream-colored glass is classified as a Jade. Below are examples of Steuben Ivory Jade and Green Jade glass.

Steuben glass ivory Jade color

Steuben glass ivory Jade color

 

Steuben green jade glass

Steuben green jade glass

Pictures from the Steuben Galleries at Corning Museum of Glass

ROMAN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on June 14, 2014

24R DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant opalescent patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.

H: 12 cm

4th. to 5th. Century AD

Kof 21, PA 433, N 486

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ROMAN GLASS JUG

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on June 5, 2014

56 R Footed Jug with Thumb Rest

This distinctive jug has a spherical body which rests on a thick base. A tall tubular neck extends upwards from the body and terminates into a splayed lip. Below the lip is a thick glass trail. A wide handle is pulled up from the shoulder where it is tooled into an elaborate triangular finial.

H: 15 cm

Late Roman 4th to 5th C. AD

Shining Vessels #127

LACMA # 127

Hermitage # 188 and 196

Corning Vol. 2 # 714

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Roman Two-Handled Glass Bottle with Trailing

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on June 1, 2014

 

Roman Two-Handled Bottle with Trailing

 Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.

H: 13 cm

First Century

Ref: Oppenlander #644, Paris Sale #157

20R  Roman Two-handled Bottle 1st Century

20R Roman Two-handled Bottle 1st Century

ROMAN GLASS AUBERGINE JAR

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on May 25, 2014

16R AUBERGINE JAR

This globular short-neck jar with a funnel-mouth is a common 4th-5th Century shape. Many of the jars manufactured during this period have a variety of decorations such as pinched ribs, indentations and zig-zag trailing. Those having two or more handles were primarily found in the Eastern Mediterranean area. This jar with pale green handles on an aubergine body is a color combination seen frequently. Jar is intact.

H: 9.5 cm D: 8 cm

4th.-5th Century AD

Barakat #GF 86, p 103

Auth 1976 #469

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American Pattern-Molded Bottles and Flasks

Posted in 1. American Glass, Later American Glass after 1850 by John Allaire on May 6, 2014

American Pattern-Molded Bottles and Flasks

American bottles and flasks with pattern-molded designs have been produced from 1765 on. This same type has been made for centuries in Europe and England. A flask is a bottle, which has been flatten so it fits into a jacket pocket and also called a pocket bottle. The pattern-molded bottles and flasks were blown from a single gather of glass, patterned in either rib molds or pattern piece-molds having a simple (diamond pattern) or more elaborate designs. The Pitkin-type flask is part of this group and made by the half-post method and ornamented by pattern-molded ribbings. Both flasks can look alike; however the Pitkin flasks has a tell-tail ring of thicker glass around the neck (post) from the second dip of the half-post method. The examples below are from the Allaire Collection.

 

 

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