Green Pitcher (Juno’s pitcher)
Free blown pitcher with tooling around rim and applied handle. The aesthetics of this object are wonderful for a simple pitcher.
H: 5 1/2 ”
Early 19th Century, South Jersey or New York State
Venetian Filigrana Glass Vase
The pear-shaped body of this Venetian vase is fashioned with two styles of filigrana retortoli canes. The straight neck may have had a lid. The vessel is decorated with clear glass wing handles, single center trail and ring foot also of clear glass. A similar object is in the collection in the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.
D: 1700 Venice
Published: A Collection of Filigrana Glass, Kitty Lameris, 2012 #20
Ref: Coburg #452, HansCohn Collection #201, Golden Age of Venetian Glass #127
Photo courtesy of Frides Lameris Art and Antique, Amsterdam
In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects. As a reminder of baptism, Catholic 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 smaller vessel for Holy water, called stoup, is usually placed on a wall near the entrances of the church. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and private home which had a chapel in them. Below are two examples of stoups from the Allaire collection number 28E, 100E and two additional pictures from other sources.
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP, SPANISH 28E
H: 9 1/2 in.
This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy water in a Roman Catholic Church. It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.
Ref: Hermitage #34, #16
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP 100E
H: 26 cm
This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing. The double bowl fans out to a wide rim. The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.
Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)
Byzantine Bulb-Shaped Lamp
This is an early Byzantine blown glass lamp. Vessels similar to this object have been found in fourth to sixth century contexts in the Republic of Abkhazia, on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. The second picture is an example of the holder the lamp was hung in when used.
H: 8 cm
4th to 6th Century
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