Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 16, 2019

31R Single Handle Pitcher of Allaire Collection

31R Single Handle Pitcher 1st C


Remark: The natural color of blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathering and appears as it would have looked just after being manufactured in the First Century.  The simple ovoid body is accented by a ring base.  The precise looped handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.

Height: 13 cm

Date: First Century

Ref: Ancient Collection De Monsieur D Auction Paris 1985 #477 & 478, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, Nina Kunina, 1997 #143

Click on this link below to see additional looped handle Roman glass pitcher on this site and use the back arrows on your browser to return to this post.


TRAILED ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE 69R of Allaire Collection active link

TWIN-LOOPED BOTTLE of Hans van Rossum active link


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 14, 2019

In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other religious organizations holy water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism is used for the blessing of persons, places, and objects. As a reminder of their baptism in some Catholic churches, Christians dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Holy water is kept in a font, which is typically located at the entrance to a church (or sometimes in a separate room or building called a baptistery). A font is a receptacle in a church for the holy water used in baptism, typically a freestanding stone structure.  The stoup is a smaller vessel for holy water, usually placed on a wall near the entrance of the small church or chapel. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and the Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and  private homes which had a chapel in them.

To see an addition stoup on this blog click on this active link (100E).  To get back to this page use the back arrow on your browser.

28E Spanish Glass Holy water Stoup in The Allaire Collection

Date: 18th Century

Height: 24 cm

Ref: Hermitage-Spanish Glass in the Hermitage, 1970 #34, #16


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 11, 2019

Shortly after the discovery of how to make glass, workers began using coloring agents to make their vessels and decorating them.  In some cases, to improve aesthetics they chose contrasting glass colors to show off the handles or to display decorative trailing. During the manufacture of a vessel and while it was still hot the maker dropped a molten glob of glass upon the body where it was drawn out into  patterns or applied as a handle.  Polychrome and strongly colored glass were common throughout the Roman period in the glass-making industry.

The following pictures show examples from the Allaire collection and the private collectors on this blog to illustrate various styles of brightly colored vessels and those decorated with contrasting colors of glass. All of these examples are from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods.

Click on the photo to enlarge. To read the write-up for each glass vessel click on the active link on the name of the individual collector.  This will take you to each collector’s page. Once you are on their page scroll down until you find the glass you are interested in and then click the title above the picture.  This will take you to the write-up.  To get back to this page use the back arrow on your browser.


The Allaire Collection of Roman Glass


Hans van Rossum Collection


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

David Giles Collection

Nico F. Bijnsdorp Collection


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass


Joop van der Groen Collection


Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 7, 2019

127E of Allaire Collection Merovingian Globular Beaker with Looped Trails

Date: 6th-7th C. AD         Size: H 6.0 cm, D 9.5 cm


Description: Globular beaker, with a rounded profile has a constricted neck, everted rim, and a pushed-in stable base. A form that occurred frequently in Anglo-Saxon England and Merovingian France from the late sixth to the seventh century.  This vessel is a pale greenish yellow globular beaker having a tall incurved neck with horizontal trailing at the top and vertical looped trails below. These vertical looped trials applied half way up the bowl and continue around the base and onto the bottom of the vessel.

Condition: Masterly repaired using mostly original shards.

Ref:Memoires de Verre de L’Archeologie a L’Art Contemporain, Catherine Vaudour, 2009  P. 38 #65,   Verrres De Champagne P. 56 #115,  P. 53  Fig. 30,  P. 112 Fig.65,  Glass of Four Millennia  Martine Newby 2000,  p. 26,   Les Verres Merovingiens, Tresors de Wallonie, Musee Ourthe-Ambleve, Comblain-au-Pont, 1993, P. 118, #29

Similar globular beakers  found in museums and other collections





Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 4, 2019

125E of Allaire Collection Merovingian Beaker with Festoons


Description: Pale bluish-green glass beaker was shaped by blowing into an open mold.  The decoration features self-trails applied and tooled into a festoon pattern, a common design used on glass vessels of the Migration Period.  At the rim a slight flare is present with a cracked-off edge. Intact, some weathering.  In the collection there is another beaker like this one with a larger bowl. i See it below and at #124E(active link).

 Date: 5th C. AD

Size: H 6.0 cm, D 9.5 cm

 Ref: Hans Cohn Collection #111, Vaudour-Memoires de Verre de L’Archeologie a L’Art Contemporain, Catherine Vaudour, 2009 #67, and #68, Price-Glass in Britain and Ireland AD 350-1100, Edited by Jennifer Price, British Museum Occasional Paper# 1272000 p. 201 Colour Pl. 1



125E  Smaller Merovingian Beaker with Festoons,  124E Larger Merovingian Beaker with Festoons


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 1, 2019



The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

AcoaG # 8.6 |1st. half of 4th. century A.D.  | H: 13.65 cm  W: Rim: 3.85 / 3.00 cm  D: shoulder 4,05 cm|

Technique: Free blown body; mouth outsplayed and pinched to form trefoil; rounded rim; handle drawn up from shoulder to the rim, small amount of excess glass drawn back and pushed under the rim.

Description: Carrot shaped oinochoé with thin wall; attached handle; made of transluscent greenish white glass; some silvery iridescence; light weathering; sandy encrustation,

Condition: Broken and repaired with a small proportion missing.

Remarks: ‘Pitchers of this kind appear to be scarce’, according to M. Stern. ‘The form does not occur among  palestinian finds, therefore probably syrian.’ This jug however is said to have been found in or near the oppidum of Noviomagus, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Provenance:  From a private dutch collection. Previously unpublished.

Parallels: Fondation Custodia Paris, inv. 4101., British Museum: inv. 1911/4.4/8 from Aleppo., RGZ Mainz inv. 0.6676., Israel Museum, 2003, no. 212., Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no.286., Dos and Bertie Winkel Collection, 2017: DOS98

Reference in description: Hayes, 1975, p. 79, no: 286., Auth, 1976, p. 103, no: 115., Stern, 1977, Fondation Custodia, p. 106-107, no 32., Whitehouse, 1997, CMG vol I, p. 190-101, no 335.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 29, 2019


The excesses of Victorian glass – epitomized by the exhibition pieces smothered in gilding and color and cut with thousands of shimmering facets – were already being condemned by contemporary critics.  Out of this antipathy toward the mechanical production of the Industrial Revolution grew a desire to return to more natural sources.  The revolutionary effect on design following the opening up of Japan to the West and the publication of pattern-books illustrating ornament from around the world, aided by theorists such as William Morris advocating the role of the craftsman, led to the revolution of a completely new style, Art Nouveau.

The artists of Art Nouveau drew inspiration from organic and geometric forms to create elegant, modern designs.  Art Nouveau was an artistic movement which peaked in popularity between 1890 and 1905 which was practiced in the fields of art, architecture and applied art. … Its short success was a reaction against the late 19th century academic art and was replaced by the development of 20th century modernist styles.

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan in the 1920s as the Mingei movement. The founders of the Arts & Crafts Movement were some of the first major critics of the Industrial Revolution. Disenchanted with the impersonal, mechanized direction of society in the 19th century, they sought to return to a simpler, more fulfilling way of living. The movement is admired for its use of high-quality materials and for its emphasis on utility in design. The Arts & Crafts emerged in the United Kingdom around 1860, at roughly the same time as the closely related Aesthetic Movement, but the spread of the Arts & Crafts across the Atlantic to the United States in the 1890s, enabled it to last longer – at least into the 1920s. Although the movement did not adopt its common name until 1887, in these two countries the Arts & Crafts existed in many variations, and inspired similar contemporaneous groups of artists and reformers in Europe and North America, including Art Nouveau, the Wiener Werkstatte, the Prairie School, and many others. The faith in the ability of art to reshape society exerted a powerful influence on its many successor movements in all branches of the arts.

The glass objects made by both movements had their roots based in nature.  Colors of these glass object where more muted and internal surfaces had a misty softness, quite unlike the brilliant finish so important thirty years earlier. Part of the above description is from the book Sothebys-Sothebys Concise Encycolopedia of Glass, Editors, David Battie, Simon Cottle, London 1991

To see Corning Museum of Glass Arts & Crafts collection click on this link: ARTS AND CRAFTS GLASS AT THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS

A group of Clutha glass vessels of the Arts & Crafts period in England 1900s


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 27, 2019

French: Lhermite-King, Cent Verres Francais 1550-1750,  Tresors des collections privees,Sylvie Lhermite-King.


(Lhermite-King, Hundred French Glasses 1550-1750, Treasures of private collections, Sylvie Lhermite-King) This volume is a wonderfully illustrated book written in French of glass vessels made in France from 1550 to 1750 gathered from private collections by Sylvie Lhermite-King . The French Renaissance was the cultural and artistic movement in France between the 15th and early 17th centuries. Below are examples of the photographs in this book of French glasses.



Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 24, 2019

Bell Beaker

Cone Beaker

The Allaire Collection 60E Merovingian cone cone shaped beaker Late 5th to first half of 6th century

Trailed Beaker

127E Allaire collection Merovingian beaker with looped trailing

Festooned Beaker

124E Allaire Collection Merovingian beaker

125E Allaire Collection Smaller Merovingian Beaker


For additional information on each the above beakers click on their corresponding number. (51E) (54E) (60E) (90E) (112E) (116E) (117E) (124E) (125E) (127E)


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 21, 2019

Two Beautiful Glass Pitchers in the Allaire Collection

(63A) This Midwestern free blown blue glass pitcher with an applied high handle.  H: 4 ½ inches, D: 1849 H: 9 cm


(88E) This small amethyst pitcher having an optically molded body and perfectly laid on delicate thin handle.

H: 9 cm, D: 1780

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