Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

Zig-Zag Roman Glass Pitcher

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 28, 2015

Zig-Zag Pitcher

It was during the period in 4th Century that turquoise decoration gained popularity.  The example shown here is an excellent representation of how it was most commonly implemented.  This zig-zag design was further accented by making the handle and applied collar ring from the same turquoise glass. The pitcher was made of light green glass which has weathered over the ages to this almost gold patina.

H: 9 cm

Fourth Century

Hans Cohn #50, Boston #58

23R Zig Zag Roman Glass Pitcher

23R Zig Zag Roman Glass Pitcher

Glass Pinch Bottle

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, French Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 26, 2015

Glass Pinch Bottle

An unusually shaped bottle for modernity, but may not have been for the 18th Century.   This is a gourd-shaped colorless glass bottle with tooled trails on the sides and a thumb size pinch in the center sitting on a pad foot.  Possibly made in France.

H: 14.5 cm

Mid 18th C

Ref: Verre d’ usage et De Presige, Bellanger P. 379

103E Bottle with Pinched Center

103E Bottle with Pinched Center

Hexagonal Roman Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 24, 2015

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

Small Green Glass Roemer

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roemers by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 21, 2015

Small Green Glass Roemer

This is a beautiful example of a light green glass Roemer where proportion and execution are masterfully done.  It has a small rounded bowl with an open stem decorated with raspberry prunts and connected to a spiral foot made from a glass thread.  It may be from the Netherlands.

H: 11.5 cm

17th Century

Ref: Glass Source Book p. 65

Small Green Glass Roemer 106E

Small Green Glass Roemer 106E

Large Colorless Roemer

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roemers by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 18, 2015

COLORLESS ROEMER

A large clear colorless Roemer.  The majority of Romers of this type were probably made in Northern Germany.

H: 16 cm

1700-1720

Rijksmuseum # 217

45E Large Colorless Roemer

45E Large Colorless Roemer

Waldglas Maigelein from the Middle Ages

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Medieval Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 15, 2015

Maigelein from the Middle Ages

A Maigelein is a type of wine glass in a group of green glasses called Waldglas (forest-glass). They were made in the later Middle Ages in northern Germany, the Low Countries, and central Europe. The color came from the presence of impurities (iron oxide) in the raw materials. This cup has a pattern-molded design with a high kick. (also see Maigelein 49E)

H: 6 cm

1470-1520

23E Waldglas Maigeline from the Middle Ages

Kunstgewerbemuseum # 140, Amendt #76-80, Phonix #359

Krautsrunk Beaker from The Middle Ages

Posted in 3. European Glass, Medieval Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 8, 2015

Krautsrunk is the German word for cabbage stalk.  In glass it is a type of beaker with a cup-shaped mouth curving outward above an encircling thread and a barrel shaped body decorated with prunts. These were made mostly in Germany roughly between 1490-1530.   It is part of group of glasses called forest or wald glass and usually is a rich dark green color. The krautsrkunk along with the berkemeyer were the forerunners of the romer. It is a “must have” for anyone who collects Medieval glass and is rather rare.

H: 9.5 cm

D: 1490-1500

Ref: Whitehouse, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes and Peasants 2010 #77, Ricke, 2005 Amendt Collection #49, Baumgartner, 1988 #342

 

13E Krautstrunk beaker

ROMAN or ISLAMIC BOWL

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Islamic Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 31, 2015

03R A SHALLOW DISH

Dishes of this type were often used in sets during the Roman Imperial Period. This particular dish of blue/green color has a brilliant iridescence covering the interior base. It has a profiled thick rim with a high concave base. The dish has been mended.  It is possible that this bowl is not Roman but from the early Islamic period 7th or 8th century.

Eastern Mediterranean

First Century A.D. ?

H: 4.5 cm.  Rim D: 12.5 cm.

3r-shallow-dish

Cf. Saldern 1980 # 137

Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 23, 2015

Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

 This late Roman glass jar is light green in color and free-blown.  The piriform body is concave on the underside and has a wide flaring mouth with a rounded rim with applied dark blue trailing wound spirally up the rim.  There are three trails wound around the body and tooled at intervals to form a pattern of bisected ovals called chain trailing. The trailing on this object is similar to a Juglet from the Hans van Rossum collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number: 37.128.6.

H: 11.1 cm 4th C. AD October 2002

51R Jar 4th C

51R Late Roman Jar with Chain Decoration 4th C

ANGLO-SAXON GLASS BOWL

Posted in 3. European Glass, ALLAIRE COLLECTION OF GLASS, Anglo-Saxon Glass, Merovingian Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 17, 2015

Anglo-Saxon or Merovingian Glass Bowl

This pale Merovingian green bowl is decorated with a smooth white trail at the rim.  Dating from the Merovingian period, bowls of this type have been discovered in Anglo-Saxon graves.

D: 12 cm

H: 4.5 cm

Late 5th or early 6th C

Ref: Dark ages #20, Corning  vol. 2 #652

Glass bowl from the Merovingian period

80E Glass bowl from the Merovingian period

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