Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe

Posted in CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, English Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 24, 2018

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
D: 1880

118E Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe

118E Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 22, 2018


Remark: The Arts and crafts movement (1861-1914) was initiated by John Ruskin (1819-1900). This British philosopher and art historian deplored the effect that industry had on society and the arts.  Ruskin called for a return to handmade objects and medieval-style craft guilds.  He also sought social reforms.  British designers, such as William Morris (1834-1896), put Ruskin’s ideals into practice, From England, the Arts and Crafts movement spread to the United States. (Taken from the display at CMoG)


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 19, 2018

UNGUENTARIUM with knobs of Hans van Rossum

1st century AD | Roman Empire, Size ↑7.7 cm | ø 2.1 cm Weight 12 g

Technique: Free blown, tooled

Description: Bluish green glass, globular body with 20 massive knobs, long cylindrical neck, extremely heavy and flattened rim, folded inward, small opening.

Condition: Intact, was broken and restored

Remarks: A bottle with a body decorated with knobs and shaped like Hercules’ Club is not only unique but exceedingly rare.

Provenance: Antiquities dealer London, April 2018

Before Restoration

After Restoration


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 18, 2018

Hot Glass Show on a Barge in Brooklyn Bridge Park, May 17, 2018

It was a cool day with the threat of rain on at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  This didn’t dampen the excitement of the first kick off show of a four-month tour of the Glass Barge celebrating the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning.  Below are pre-show pictures of this event. For better pictures see the link from CMoG at the end of this post.



Additional information taken from The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) web site.

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today launches GlassBarge through May 28 at One°15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, kicking off a four-month tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning. GlassBarge is offering free public glassblowing demonstrations aboard a 30’ x 80’ canal barge specially equipped with the Museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. Following its debut in New York City, GlassBarge will then travel north on the Hudson River, and westward along the Erie Canal, stopping in Yonkers, Kingston, the Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester areas, and Buffalo, among other cities.

A flotilla of historic ships will accompany GlassBarge throughout the summer, including the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1862 canal barge, and the C.L. Churchill, a 1964 tugboat, both part of the permanent collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Educators from the Maritime Museum will also share the story of canal life in the 19th century and how materials were shipped on New York’s waterways. Throughout its voyage, GlassBarge is under the flag of the South Street Seaport Museum and will be accompanied by the Museum’s historic tug W.O. Decker on the Erie Canal.

GlassBarge launch in Brooklyn.

GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company—now known as Corning Incorporated—via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, which would become a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the recreation of the 1868 barge voyage emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial (2017-2025).

“We are thrilled to officially launch GlassBarge, a unique project that embodies the Museum’s dedication to educational programing outreach and celebrates the history of glass with new audiences throughout the state,” said Karol Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass. “We are very grateful to our many supporters, especially Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council, without which the project would not have been possible.”

“The 1868 journey on New York’s waterways set in motion 150 years of innovation in Corning that has shaped the modern world. We’re so excited to tell that story beginning in Brooklyn Bridge Park, mere blocks from where it began—and on a canal barge, no less!” said Rob Cassetti, Senior Director of Creative Strategy and Audience Engagement for The Corning Museum of Glass. GlassBarge launch in Brooklyn. “While our team of gaffers (glassmakers) always welcomes the opportunity to share the art of glass with new audiences, we’re particularly eager to fire up the furnaces to 2100° on the East River today and kick off a summer of glassblowing on the waterways of New York!” said Steve Gibbs, Senior Manager of Hot Glass Business and Technology Development. “GlassBarge will officially open with the cutting of a hot-glass ribbon stretched across the barge, after which visitors will have the opportunity to see our glassmakers demonstrate how to shape glowing globs of molten glass into vases, bowls, and sculptures.”

GlassBarge will visit ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Waterford, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen, among others. A ceremonial last leg of the trip by land concludes in Corning with a community-wide celebration on September 22. In total, GlassBarge will travel to nearly 30 cities and towns, offering glassblowing demonstrations at each port. A full summer schedule is available at

The GlassBarge journey is also being celebrated in Corning with a reinstallation of the Crystal City Gallery, which also commemorates the 150th anniversary of glassmaking in Corning. The narratives explored in the Crystal City Gallery tell how the city became one of the premier centers for glass cutting in the United States, a trend in American luxury glass that developed as the Corning Glass Works was becoming established in its new home.

Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Merovingian Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 17, 2018

Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

This Merovingian bell beaker is made of light yellow-green glass. It has a rounded and broad bottom and outward and upwardly flaring profile to the plain rim. Distinct pattern molded vertical ribs are noticeable on the body. Intact, with areas of encrustation and iridescent highlights. Ex. Martin Wunsch collection, NY

H: 10.3 cm
D: 6th Century AD
Ref: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in Corning Museum of Glass, volume 2 # 614 P. 116-117, E. Marianne Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and early Medieval Glass 10 BCE- 700 CE.,#198

117E Merovingian trailed bell beaker

117E Merovingian bell beaker

Single-Handled Roman Glass Pitcher

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 15, 2018

31R Single Handled Pitcher

Remark:The natural colored blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathered 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 handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.

Hight: 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


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 13, 2018


Presented by

The Dordts Patrician House – Museum at the Meuse river

Located at banks of the old Meuse river and at the harbor area of the historical intercity of Dordrecht you will find the Dorts Patrician House active link, a beautiful monumental house which gives you a great impression of life at the end of the 18th century. Have a look at the fine details, paintings and drawings in this authentic 18th century house. The new show ‘GLASS THROUGH THE AGES“, will run from April 12, 2018 through October 7, 2018.  Now, as a visitor to the Patrician House, you can see this beautiful exhibition. The glassware that is shown comes from the collections of Hans van Rossum, Nico Bijnsdorp, Aad v.d. Born, Joop van der Groen, Martin, Annelies  and Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen starts with very early examples from the 6th century BC. These are followed by over 120 Roman glass objects, dated 1st – 5th century AD.  Also on display are silver coins showing the Roman emperors being paired with glass objects in use at their respective reigns.  A nice example is the coin depicting emperor Otto, who was bald as a coot, wearing a wig.  A unique display.In another display cabinet drinking glasses are shown from the 1st century the year 1923, including a Merovingian cup.

For additional information about the collections of these five contributors to the show click on their names and you will be taken to their page on this site.


Hans van Rossum

Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Joop van der Groen

Nico F. Bijnsdorp


For visitors there will be a very special offer to buy the book: Roman Glass borrowed from Private Collections with many high-class illustrations and the complete story of the production and used techniques by the Roman glass-workers. Visitors of the museum don’t pay € 19,95 but only € 7,50.

Below are examples of what you can see at the exhibition

(Click below to enlarge photos)





Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 11, 2018

30R Date: Late First Century B.C. to Mid First Century A.D.  Hight: 13 cm


Remarks:This is a earlier Roman ribbed bowl was probably not made by direct cast and slumping method.  It may have been formed from a thick round disk. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disk was slumped into a bowl shape. The process is described in this link Ribbed Bowls and their Manufacture by Mark Taylor and David Hill. It is a class of bowls from the from the Eastern Mediterranean area with short, close-set ribs concentrated around the middle of the body.  For the most part, such bowls are naturally colored, either bluish-green or light green, or intentionally decolorized. Small percentage occurs in cobalt-blue or other colors. The size of the bowls and thickness of the ribs vary.

Ref: Sheppard #9, Toledo #236

Gallo-Roman Glass Hofheim Cup

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 10, 2018

29R Hofheim Roman Glass Cup  Mid First Century H: 5cm

Remarks: This is a blown convex Roman cup with wheel-cut lines and fine horizontal scratches. The scratches may indicate that the exterior may have been lathe-polished.   Cups like this are called Hofheim cups after a Rhineland military site where over thirty examples were found.  They have also been found in Britain.


Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 9, 2018

28R Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask 4th century

28r  Fourth century  H: 7.5 cm

A series of mold-blown sprinkler flasks having a closed off dropper mouth were created during the Third and Fourth Centuries. Such vessels exhibit a similarity in shape with a few variations in design. The swirled ribbing of this piece is typical, but the treatment of the mouth is not.  Here the more common funnel-mouth is replaced with a tooled collar, suggesting a later date of manufacture into the Fourth Century.


Ref: Antonaras, Fire and Sand: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum, Anastassios C. Antonaras, 2012 #111

%d bloggers like this: