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CONICAL CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 26, 2012

CONICAL CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM of Joop van der Groen

ROMAN CONICAL CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

ROMAN CONICAL CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

CANDLESTICK UNGUENTARIUM

Roman Empire, almost certainly Asia Minor │ 3rd – 4th century
Size: ↑ 29,0 cm; Ø max. 6,2 cm; Ø rim 4,3 cm. │ Weight: 227 gram

Technique: Free blown. Tooled.
Classification: Variant of Isings (1957) form 82.
Descripton: Transparent olive green glass. The tall, slender form tapering almost evenly from bottom till rim. Rim folded out and in and flattened. Domed base highly pushed in. Pontil mark. At two-thirds from rim a deep constriction between neck and body.
Condition: Intact with some iridescence.
Remarks: The found candlestick unguentaria of Isings form 82 are countless but this variant out of Asia Minor has been found comparatively a few.
This form is always very tall, between 22,9 cm and 30,0 cm. All references have a deep constriction at two-thirds from the rim and a domed base, highly pushed in.
The very fat glass of this candlestick unguentarium makes a high weight: the references of the British Museum weight less than half.
Provenance: 1965 – 2012 Private Collection, Cologne.
Reference: British Museum London. nos. 1878,0311.33, 1878,0311.34, 1908,0724.6 and 1933,1117.1 (all found in Asia Minor); Musées d’Art et d’Histoire Ville de Genève, no. 010660 (also found in Asia Minor); Antike Gläser im Frankfurter Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (E. Welker, 1987). no. 31; Antike Glãser (L. Barkóczi, 1996), no. 98; Archéologie (Pierre Bergé et Associés Paris), Auction 15-12-2009, no. 368; Fascinating Fragility – A Private Collection of Ancient Glass (Bijnsdorp, 2010), no. NFB 126; Kunstwerke der Antike (Cahn Auktionen AG Basel), Auktion 7, 03-11-2012, no. 127.

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