LARGE SQUARE ROMAN BOTTLE of A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass
1st – 2nd Century A.D., (Isings form 50B) Rhineland (Germany)
H = 24.8 cm, D = 9.5 cm
Remarks: C.Isings/P.L.W. Arts: ‘Mold-blown prismatic bottles with square, rectangular or circular bodies were used to transport liquids all over the Empire. The majority were mold-blown, often with relief decoration on the base, especially concentric circles (see picture) or other geometric motifs and occasionally with lettering. In the Western Roman Empire cremation was practiced. Sometimes bottles like these were also used for cinerary purposes. This particular large bottle still has remains of bones inside. According to Fleming (1997) its narrow neck makes it an unusual, but not unique choice for use as a cremation urn.
Provenance: Private Belgian collection
Exhibited: Museum Honig Breethuis (NL) ’Fascinating luxury of Antiquity’, 12 November 2011– 30 January 2012 , exp no. 39
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1A HONEYCOMB GLASS PITCHER, American
Aquamarine. Body mold-blown then expanded. Applied free-blown hollow handle. Possibly Mid-western
H: 4 3/4 inches
This beaker may have been made in Germany or in America by a German glass blower.
H: 3½ inch
Fischer #95 p 72, 74, 169
American Swirled Bottle
This beautiful example is a dark amber soda glass molded and swirled bar bottle. It has twenty four molded ribs which were swirled to the left, probably made in Zanesville Ohio.
H: 8 inches
Spillman I # 113
This beautiful lidded Venetian compote with turquoise decoration on the lid and bowl.
H: 7 1/2 inches
Ref. Frankfurt # 134
American Pickle Jar
This is a large mold-blown jar in the gothic revival style with no pontil mark.
H: 11 ½ inches
Spillman II # 79
Ketchum 1975 p. 140 & 145 and 1985 p. 79
The classic shape of this skyphos, a two-handled drinking cup from the First Century, reflects the metal prototypes of the period. The body, thinly blown, has straight sides, an out-turned rim and applied ring base. The elaborate handles have finger rests at both top and bottom and were angled for ease in drinking. The skyphos has been repaired. It was found in Turkey.
H: 8 cm
Date: First Century A.D.
Constable Maxwell # 68
This is a utilitarian bottle from the second century with beautiful iridescence over the entire piece of glass. This vessel, used for perfume, was designed with a long neck inhibiting evaporation of the precious liquid within.
H: 14 cm
Second to Third Century
Ref: Cf. Yale #169
Aubergine Coil Pitcher with Light Green Handle
This aubergine glass pitcher has an ovoid blown body with an applied trail decoration and handle of light green glass. The excellent state of preservation makes this elegant jug an extraordinary work of the late Roman glass industry.
Newark # 121