Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

Example 17

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 18, 2017

Example 17

A Façon de Venise Glass # 95  of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Dimensions:H = 15.1 cm.; H stem = 6,2 cm.; ø bowl = 7 cm.; ø foot = 7,8 cm.; weight =61,7 gram.

Origin: Almost certain the Netherlands last Q 16th to mid 17th century.

Material: “cristallo”

Stem definition: This is a so called “snake” or “serpent” stem.
The funnel shaped bowl is set via a merese directly under the bowl thru a short full glass narrowed
down section to the top part of the hollow twisted ribbed stem. The first part, running to about half
stem height, comes down straight and forms from there the typical looped bottom part, then
progressing into “snaked” windings going all the way back to the top part of the stem. The “snake”
stem is set with a merese to the somewhat conical foot. The stem is accentuated by a short blue
colored element. A quite exuberant stem architecture for that period.
Ref: Tait-The Golden Age of Venetian Glass, Hugh Tait, London 1979 pg. 89 nr. 142, Pijzel-Dommisse Glinsterend
Glas pg. 82/83 nr. 115))

Example 16

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 17, 2017

Example: 16

Example 16 and  #93 Venetian of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Dimensions: H = 19,4 cm.; Stem H = 9 cm. ø bowl = 8,1 cm.; ø foot = 8,4 cm.; weight = 76,7 gram.

Origin & Date: Venice 4th Q 16th century

Stem Type: This is a so called stem “a tige” or like a twig.

Description: The bowl is directly set to the hollow stem which is directly set to the rather flat foot.

Example: 15

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 16, 2017

Example: 15

LIEGE FAÇON DE VENISE GLASS #55 of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

 Dimensions: ­ 18,6 cm.; ­ stem 10,4 cm.; ø bowl 8,2 cm.; ø foot 8 cm.; weight 108 gram

 Origin & Date: Southern Netherlands, Liege, mid-17th century.

Stem Definition: a compound repeating pattern of a small hollow knop attached larger hollow knop separated by a merese with two pinched (blue) ornaments

Description: The stem of this Liege Façon de Venise glass has a restrained exuberance characteristic for that time for the Southern Netherlands but, is still quite vivid from the two pinched blue ornaments. The spiralled trumpet optically blown bowl is set via a merese to the first small hollow knop directly followed by the largest somewhat flattened hollow knop to which the blue ornaments are attached. Followed by a merese connecting to a concave formed transition piece set to another hollow knop followed by a merese connecting to a short solid section which connects to the conical foot.

Material: soda glass.

Example 14

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 15, 2017

Example 14

Façon de Venise glass #40 of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Dimensions: ­ glass 14,5 cm.; ­ stem 6,5 cm.; ø bowl 9 cm.; ø foot 8,3 cm.; weight 80 grams.

Origin & Date: the Netherlands mid 17th century.

Stem definition: predecessor to the later so called Silesian stem, two graduated mereses, inverted baluster lobbed hollow knop, set via another merese to a short concave formed hollow section followed by another merese.

Description: This Façon de Venise glass has a stem architecture which basically is a predecessor to the later so called Silesian stem. The funnel shaped bowl, with a quite solid base, is set via two graduated mereses to the kind of inverted baluster lobbed hollow knop set via another merese to a short concave formed hollow section followed by another merese set to the wide slightly conical folded foot. This type of stem formation is sometimes characterised as typical for the Netherlands (Lanmon)

Parallels: Laméris, Venetiaans & Façon de Venise glas 1500 – 1700, pg. 96, nr.77, – Henkes, Glas zonder glans, pg. 263 nr. 174,
– Ritsema, Glass in the Rijksmuseum Vol.II, pg. 85, nr. 65 (engraved glass)

Provenance: – Old Dutch Collection,- Remco v. Leeuwen antiques, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 13, 2017


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

4th. Century A.D.  Probably about 325-375

Variation to the so called Kowalk-glass

Isings form: 96b, Morin Jean form: 70 |

 ↑ 6.9 cm | Ø Mouth : 12.5-13 cm | Ø mid body: 9.5 cm | Ø Base facet: 3.2 cm| W: 295 g |

Technique: Formed in a mold, wheel cut incised, ground and polished; rim tooled and rounded off. The inside of the bowl is polished to a finer grain than the outside. The facets show the roughest surface.

Description: Bell-shaped bowl, handheld beaker or lamp. Transparent pale green thick glass, formed in a mold to a hemispherical shape; wide out splayed rim; wall and base decorated with 22 abraded facets in total. At the rim one cut line and below that, at a distance of 1.0 cm, three cut lines. One series of 13 round, almost oval, facets (2.0-2.2 cm) of which one facet is smaller (1.5-1.9 cm), below that a second series of 8 round facets (2.0-2.1 cm), finally at the base one large facet (3.2 cm.), slightly eccentric in position. The facets, that are adequate to hold the grip, are at some edges vaguely or unevenly abraded, but stand straight in line and are a wonderful example of craftsmanship, as stated by many scholars: this bowl-shaped Kowalk glass is exceptional.

Condition: Complete, repaired from two circularly broken parts by Restaura Haelen/Heerlen (NL). Scratched, with some pitting, some weathering, some horizontally squeezed bubbles near the rim. Two very small parts missing from the rim. The bowl did not undergo cleaning and is in semi-translucent condition.

Remarks:  Variation to the so called Kowalk-glass, named after a site of find in Poland. This version is a bowl instead of a beaker. (See Whitehouse, Lierke and Sjternquist.)

Anton Kisa calls the bowl-type with ovals rare: ‘Beakers (rarely bowls) with ground ovals or facets.’ He, and Oscar Almgren, discuss the bowls in the chapter: Finds of Ancient Glass in Scandinavia. ( Vol. III, Ch. XI.5).

According to C.Isings, form 96b, p 114-115: ‘Wheel-cut or wheel-incised bowls with facet patterns, coming, among others, from Strasbourg and Amiens, plus from scandinavian finds at Ganzkow, Sigerstad, Skørringen and Himlingöje.’

  1. Doppelfeld brings up the thought, that: ‘From such a regular grit it is a small step to the mazes of the Cage-cups.’

Also F. Fremersdorf, 1967, Vol. VIII, states at p 16: ‘And if we come to have a closer look at the geometrical decorations of the tall bell-shaped beakers, so we come to the conclusion that there must have been some kind of influence from or a correlation to the cage-cups.

According to Whitehouse the findplaces fall into two broad groups: ‘the first is in south-eastern Europe, Hungary, Rumania, and Ukraïne, and the second is in north-western Europe, Norway, Sweden Denmark, and northern Germany.’ The majority of find-places is outside of the Roman Empire.

Regarded as a lamp the outsplayed rim forms an excellent possibility to hang it with a bronze chain device, while the facets create a wonderful display of circular shapes around the room or on a table. As Rosemarie Lierke calls it:, ‘Light breaking ground facet-decoration’, suggesting these bowls to be lamps. (Lierke, Antike Glastöpferei, p 97- 138.)

According to Berta Sjternquist both beakers and bowls, of the ‘Kowalk’-type, have been in exsistance, where as the bowls, because of their limited height, have rather sparse decoration.

Parallels: F. Fremersdorf: ‘Such in comparison simple cut decorations appear in Denmark at a regular basis; though these finds concern very often almost conical beakers with a round base.’ National Museum Copenhagen, 846, FO Tofte-Lolland, 8306 FO Hojrup, 8986, FO Hoernum, etc. Fremersdorf VIII, Vol.II, plate 33, text Vol I, p 69, plate 33, no R822, from the city of Mainz in Germany, and from Cologne no 24.400 as a close parallel. From Sigersted: Inv. 22218, Kobleaa: Inv. C6339.

Provenance: From a Dutch collection, first publication. Fremersdorf states that the Scandinavian finds of facet-beakers and bowls nevertheless might be products of the Cologne area and partly of East-European background. ( VIII, Vol. II, p 35, footnote 5a.).


Kisa, 1908, vol. III, ch. XI. 5, p 905. Finds of Ancient Glass in Scandinavia.

Harden, 1938, Karanis, 426, plate XVI, p 152.

Isings, 1957 form: 96b, Hemispherical decorated bowl, p 114.

Doppelfeld, 1966, no’s: 148, 149. Tekst: p 64, Fassetten- und Kugelschliff.

Fremersdorf, 1967, VIII, vol. I, cfr Plates: 32-110. Vol. II, Tekst: idem.

Rau, 1973, P.443, Werner 1988 fig 12, Vaday 1994, fig 4.

Von Saldern et al, 1974, p 183, no 507, p 185, no 512.

Whitehouse 1997, CMG vol I, p 260, no 444.

Lierke, 1999, Antike Glastöpferei, p 97- 138.

Sjternquist: A glass beaker with cut decoration found at Uppåkra, Sweden.

She quotes from different Scandinavian sources as: Näsman (1984), Straume (1987),

Hansen (1987).






Bell-shaped bowl from Mainz Germany, inv. R 812,

Fremersdorf 1967, VIII, vol. I, plate 33. H: 4.2 cm, D-rim 5 cm.

Example: 13

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 12, 2017

Example: 13

FAÇON DE VENISE WINE GLASS #36 of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Dimensions: H: 15,1 cm.; ø cuppa 7,7, cm.; ø foot 9,6 cm.; weight 153,6 gram

Origen & Date: Southern Netherlands around 1650

Stem Definition: a hollow and flattened dumb-bell knops between two thin merese or a double hollow flattened spherical knops between two merese with a wide folded flat foot

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Example 12

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 11, 2017

Example 12

Venetian Glass # 28 of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

H: 12,6 cm glass; H: stem 3,8 cm.; ø bowl 6,5 cm.; ø foot 6,5 cm; weight 54,4 gram

D:1600 and either Venice or Altare

Description: The bowl of this glass is directly set on a hollow knop followed by a smaller hollow knop set via a merese to the rather flat foot with folded rim.

Example 11

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 10, 2017

Example 11

101E Ring Goblet

Façon de Venise Ring Goblet #101E of Allaire Collection

Dimensions: H= 16.3 cm, Stem H = 5.5  Weight = 171.5 grams, Date = 17th century

Origin: possibly Germany or Netherlands

Stem definition: Hollow, baluster stem enclosing an elongated tear.  Funnel-shaped bowl with rounded base and six loops, for suspending ribbed rings, originally six only one remaining. A milled thread applied to the center of bowl with wavy band decoration. Sitting on a low conical foot with folded rim.

Ref: Rijksmuseum Vol. I, 1993 #41, Published: Christie’s Amsterdam May 15, 2007 lot #26

Example 10

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 9, 2017

Example 10

89E Facon de Venise trick glass C. 1650

89E Facon de Venise trick glass C. 1650

Façon de Venise Trick Glass # 89E Allaire Collection

Dimensions: H = 13 cm, Stem H = 7 cm, Weight = 75 g D = 17th century

Origin: Possibly Venice or Tuscany

Material: “cristallo”

Stem definition: Hollow trumpet shaped stem which starts as a broad foot. A pincered collar is applied to the narrow part of the stem near the double-walled bowl. The goblet has a grayish-lilac tint.

Ref: Christie’s March 28, 2000 # 140 & May 2007 #21, Sothby’s June 16, 1984 #73 & Dec. 18, 2002 #6&7, Rijksmuseum, #155, 156, Lameris, 1991 # 111, “Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection”, Corning 1957, #241

Example 9

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 8, 2017

Example 9

87E Gadrooned Wine Glass

87E Gadrooned Wine Glass

Facon de Venise  Gadrooned Wine Glass 87E of Allaire Collection

H: 15.1 cm, Stem H: 6.0 cm, W: 60.5 grams, D: 1650

Stem Type: A wrythen hollow knopped stem

Description: This fine Facon de Venise wine glass has a flared bowl with gadrooned base on a wrythen hollow knopped stem attached to a conical folded foot. Perhaps English, (possibly from one of the Duke of Buckingham’s glass houses) or from the Netherlands.

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