Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ENGLISH BALUSTER

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, English Glass by John Allaire on August 26, 2014

This is a wine glass with bucket bowl on inverted baluster and base knop, with folded foot.English Baluster Wines are a group of  the most beautifully and well designed glasses ever made.

English c. 1720

H: 5 ¼ inches

Cf. Bickerton # 59, Regency # 25

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E20 English Baluster Wine Glass

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E20 English Baluster Wine Glass

BERKEMEYER WALD GLASS

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Medieval Glass, Roemers by John Allaire on August 18, 2014

This early type of Wald glass is called a Berkemeyer.  It has a flaring bowl on a prunted stem with pinched foot ring. Found in Germany. To view all the Roemers and Wald glass in this collection click here.

H: 9 cm

2nd  Half of 16th C.

Rijksmuseum # 171

12E Berkmeyer 2nd Half of 16th Century H 9cm

12E Berkmeyer 2nd Half of 16th Century H 9cm

SPANISH GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP

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

This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy water in a Roman Catholic Church.  It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.  Also see an example of a holy-water stoup from the Low Countries.

18th Century

H: 9 1/2  in.

April 1992

Hermitage #34

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28E HOLY WATER STOUP, SPANISH

ROEMER WITH SPHERICAL PRUNTS

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roemers by John Allaire on August 4, 2014

ROEMER WITH SPHERICAL PRUNTS

This Roemer has a spherical bowl with vertical ribs and a high concave coiled foot.  The stem is decorated with two rows of smooth spherical prunts.  A prunt is a blob of glass applied to a glass object, ususally a drinking vessel.  The transition from bowl to stem is marked by a milled thread. Provenance is Netherlands or Germany.  For additional information on Roemers in the collection click on this clink.

H:  12 cm

1650-1675

Rijksmuseum # 190-191
Henkes P. 259

50E Roemer with Spherical Prunts 1650-1675 H 12cm

50E Roemer with Spherical Prunts 1650-1675 H 12cm

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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