Monochrome Ribbed Glass Bowl
This broad shallow ribbed bowl was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian area or Italy. It is of pale blue-green glass and made from a thick round disc. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disc was slumped into a bowl shape over a form. The exterior shows the 23 ribs set vertically on the body which along with the rim was fire polished. After being annealed and cooled the interior of the bowl was rotary polished and two incised concentric circles made.
Date: 1st C. BC to 1st C. AD
H: 4.5 cm
D: 15 cm
Ref: The Fascination of Ancient Glass #18, Glass: The Eighth Wonder of the World #22, Fire and Sand Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum #19, The Bomford Collection #33, Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass #339, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, P.52, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, P. 19
Blue Roman Bottle
H: 13 cm
The deep blue of this glass bottle follows the very popular trend for colored glass during the First Century. Blown paper thin into a simple yet elegant shape, it has an elongated globular body and tall neck ending in a tiny but precisely worked rim. The bottle has been repaired.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Barakat #G36, Hayes 1975 #115, Kevorkian 1985 #149
Egyptian Glass Bowl of Allaire Collection
Date: 5th – 6th C. AD
H: 6.5 cm D: 10.5 cm
Description: The form of this bowl is typical of those found at Karanis in Faiyum, Egypt. It was made by free blowing the yellowish green glass into a bell-shaped bowl which sits on a large pad base with crisscross tooling on the exterior. It has a small kick and pontil mark on the base. A similar glass can be found on this site at EGYPTIAN DEEP BOWL of A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass
Ref: Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass vol. 1 # 107 & #109, Fascinating Fragility, Nico Bijnsdorp, P. 401, The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection, Christies’s July 9, 1991 Lot 74, Verres Antiques et De L’Islam, Juin 3 & 4, 1985 Paris, lot 406
Facon de Venise Spanish Footed Salero
A small Spanish Facon de Venise footed salt possible Catalonia, of straw-tint. The bowl is straight-sided with rounded base applied with six scroll handles of alternating blue and straw tint, above a spreading foot with bulbous collar and folded rim. The bowl did have a lid. Thanks to Hans van der Weijden’s comment and also for sending a picture. We are now able to show an example with a lid below. The glass shown with lid is from the Museum for Decorative Arts in Barcelona, Spain.
H: 8.7cm, 3 3/8 inches
Ref: Fragil Transparencia, 2011 #84 & 85
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
Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker
This is a yellowish-green glass beaker, bell-shaped with slight carination near the base. The sides are pattern-molded showing faint vertical ribs from top to bottom. The base is rounded off. It has been restored.
D: 6th Century
H: 9.5 cm
Ref: Wolf Collection #198, Corning Vol 2 #614, Attila to Charlemagne p. 272 #22.7
Corning Museum of Glass New Contemporary Art + Design Wing
Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass. Adjacent to this new gallery is a renovated historic glass factory ventilator building that contains one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions, with 500 seats.
The new wing links three generations of glass architecture spanning 60 years. The ten-acre campus currently features a collection of buildings designed by Harrison & Abramowitz (1951), Gunnar Birkerts (1980), Smith-Miller + Hawkinson (2001), and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (2001).
The $64 million project—fully funded before groundbreaking by major benefactor Corning Incorporated—opened to the public on March 20, 2015. http://www.cmog.org/expansion
English Glass Bottle with Raspberry Prunts
This is a colorless gourd-shape flask decorated with gadrooning on the bottom and a raspberry prunt centered on each side.
H: 11.2 cm
Venetian Cristallo Glass Wine
This wine is made of a Cristallo glass. It has a trumpet-shape bowl with a broad mouth resting on a collar with a thin hollow baluster stem and flat circular foot. Cristallo is a type of soda glass developed in Venice before the 15th century. It was made almost colourless, pale-yellow to smoky gray, so it would resemble Rock-Crystal which is natural quartz or pure silica.
Ref: Golden Age #55, Christie’s March 28, 2000 # 136-139
The common name for a drinking glass in this style is maigeline, which is mainly from Germany. Other examples in our collection 23E & 49E are closer to the true maigeline shape. This wrythen beaker has patterned ribbing covering the sides and continuing down into the foot. The most common style of maigeline has no foot unlike this piece. The underside of the base has a small kick.
H: 8 cm
D: 15th Century
Ref: Phoenix, P. 310 # 363, Amendt Collection P. 130, Henkes #15.2