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: Phonix, P. 310 # 363, Amendt Collection P. 130, Henkes #15.2
This is a Facon de Venise glass goblet in clear cristallo. The clear conical bowl sets on a wrythen stem outlined with pincered trails in contrasting blue glass, with a plain conical foot.
Mid 17th Century
Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe
This is an Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe. It is made of fine leaded glass in a clean and pleasing shape. The carafe was made by Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd in, England. In 1834 James Powell (1774–1840), purchased the Whitefriars Glass Company, a small glassworks off Fleet Street in London, believed to have been established in 1680. The company, mainly known for manufacturing stained glass windows, provided glass to other stained glass firms and a wide range of other handmade glassware. The Whitefriars Co. closed in 1980.
H: 5 ¼ inches
Roman Two-Handled Bottle with Trailing
Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Oppenlander #644, Paris Sale #157
Roman Zig-Zag Jar
This is a Roman jar with zig-zag trailing between the top of the rim to the shoulder of the body. It was probably made in Egypt.
Third-Fourth Century A.D.
H: 7 cm
This is a large salt in a beautiful blue color. The mold has been attributed to the Lancaster Co and made by Glass Works, Ltd. located in east Buffalo, NY. It is also possible that its origin is England where similar types can be found.
H: 2 ½ inches
ROMAN POMEGRANATE SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK
This is a sprinkler flask where the narrowed opening of the base of the neck enables oil or perfume to be poured out drop by drop. The bowl is decorated with fins and base with toe projections. The piece is intact and is made of light yellow green glass. This type of flask, probably made in Syria, has been found much further to the east as well as in the cities of the Black Sea region.
H: 11.5 cm
3rd-4th Century AD
Newark # 148, Israel Museum #278
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Northern Manhattan
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The Cloisters itself was assembled from architectural elements that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. Located in a spectacular four-acre setting overlooking the Hudson River with views of the George Washington Bridge, the building incorporates elements from five medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville—and from other monastic sites located in southern France. It opened to the public in 1938. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately three thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about the ninth to the sixteenth century. Follow this link for additional history of the Cloisters.
Views of the Gardens and Cloisters
Glass at the Cloisters
Glass Books Recommended
General: Newman-An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass, Harold Newman, 1977 Thames and Hudson Ltd, London. A must have reference book for scholars and researchers in the field of glass.
American: Palmer-The Wistars and Their Glass, Arlene Palmer, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village 1989. A small catalogue of outstanding American glass produced by Wistarburgh Glassworks 1733-1777
Medieval: Baumgartner-Glas Des Spaten Mittlatersund der Renaissance: Die Sammlung Karl Amendt, Erwin Baumgartner, 2005. The Amendt collection of glass from the Middle Ages offers an amazing array of forms produced during this time of glass history.
English: Bickerton-Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses, L.M. Bickerton, Suffolk, 1986. This book is the most important reference for studying drinking vessels from 18th c. England.
French: Lhermite-King, Cent Verres Francais 1550-1750, Tresors des collection privees, Sylie Lhermite-King. A wonderfully illustrated book of French glass vessels gathered from private collections.
Spanish: Philippart, Fragil Transparencia Vidrios espanoles de los siglos XVI a XVIII, Jean-Paul Philippart 2011. A beautifully illustrated book on the variety of creative styles of glass in 16th,17th and 18th c. Spain.
Venetian & Facon de Venise: Page-Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, Jutta Annette Page, The Corning Museum of Glass, 2004. The Venetian influence traveled far & wide throughout Europe. This volume covers each of the major countries & their styles.
Ancient: Gross, The Toledo Museum of Art Early Ancient Glass, David Gross, Very thorough coverage of early manufacture before the onset of blowing glass in the Ancient World, 1600B.C. to A.D.50.
To see additional recommendations for glass books follow this link to our Glass Bibliography.
68E is a small Facon de Venise goblet was probably made in (Liege) Belgium or in France. The glass is of straw tint with a pattern-molded bucket bowl and a hollow stem. H: 12.4 cm
76E is a Facon de Venise wine goblet was probably made in (Liege) Belgium or France. The glass has a straw tint and a pattern-molded bucket bowl on a hollow stem. H: 11 cm
77E is a Facon de Venise wine goblet was probably made in (Liege) Belgium or in France. The glass has a straw tint and a conical pattern-molded bowl with a hollow stem.
Date for all: Late 17th-Early 18th Century
Ref: Beyond Venice page163, Rijksmuseum # 235,236