Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

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


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

Green Late Roman Glass Goblet

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on January 17, 2014

Green Late Roman Glass Goblet

Transparent pale green glass goblet with conical bowl the rim rounded and slightly thickened showing horizontal tool marks near edge.  The short stem was made separately, then connected.  The folded foot has a hollow tubular edge.  Goblets of similar form have been found dating from late Roman 4th on into the 6th&7th Century.

H: 10 cm

D: 5th to 7th Century

Ref: Corning Vol1 #156, Stern, 2001 #174

52e Late Roman glass goblet 5-7th century

52e Late Roman glass goblet 5-7th century

Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

 This rather large pale yellow-green concaved beaker with a thin glass trail around its center has the elements of both a 1st C. Roman jar and a 5th C. Merovingian bell beaker.  There are parallels on both sides of the question but no exact one like this example. Whatever the century it is a beautiful glass beaker.

 H: 7.5 cm

Rim D: 8.5 cm

First to Sixth Century

Ref: Corning Vol. 1 #166, Corning Vol. 2 #672

85E Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker 1st to 6th Century

85E Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker 1st to 6th Century

Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on June 28, 2013

Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

This is a Roman flask of colorless glass.  It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim.  Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern.  This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.

H: 10.5 cm

Fourth Century

Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

Piliform Unguentarium or Tear Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on June 25, 2013

Piliform Unguentarium

A typical late First Century shape appears in this slender, small and very common unguentarium also called a tear bottle. The blue green color and silvery iridescence greatly compliments this simple shape making it an interesting piece.

H: 7 cm

First Century

Ref: Hayes 1975 #108, Matheson 1980 #82

12R Piriform Unguentaria

12R Piriform Unguentaria

Roman Ribbed Glass Bowl

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on March 27, 2013

Roman Ribbed Glass Bowl

The early cast ribbed bowls of the Hellenistic Period were simulated in the First Century by blown bowls with pinched ribs.  This example is made of clear colorless glass with no decoration and seems to be rarer then the colored decorated bowls of this type.  It was probably made in Northern Italy.

H: 6 cm

First Century

Ref: Oppenlander #264 & #265

19R Blown Ribbed Bowl First C. AD H: 6 cm, D: 8 cm

19R Blown Ribbed Bowl First C. AD H: 6 cm, D: 8 cm

Roman Two-Handled Glass Bottle with Trailing

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on February 28, 2013

 

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 Aryballos

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on February 18, 2013

Roman Glass Aryballos

 This two-handled globular flask was used for carrying oil to the public baths during the first centuries of the Roman Empire. Many of the remaining examples still have the bronze rings or chains attached to the handles. This example is not typical of the more common heavy aryballoi, but is thinly blown and has a delicacy which is enhanced by its fine proportions and silvery weathering.

H: 7.5 cm

Late First or Second Century

Ref: Pittsburg #123, Paris Sale #277

18R Roman glass aryballos

18R Roman glass aryballos

 

Hexagonal Roman Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by John Allaire on February 11, 2013

Hexagonal Roman Bottle

The olive-green color of this hexagonal bottle and its diminutive size make it an unusual example.  Probably made in the Second or Third Century, it differs from the later Byzantine types by its thinly blown sides and precise mold markings on the bottom.  The base of the vessel is molded in relief with six spokes radiating from a central boss, each termination with a raised dot.  It has been suggested that this type may have been made in the Western Provinces

H: 9 cm

Second to Third Century

33R Hexagonal Bottle bottom view (1)

33R Hexagonal Roman Bottle bottom view

33R Hexagonal Bottle

33R Hexagonal Roman Bottle

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