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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 27, 2012

STYLIZED GRAPE BOTTLE of Joop van der Groen



Roman Empire, probably Syrian-Palestinian area │ probably 3rd century AD

Size: ↑ 13,6 cm; Ø max. 6,6 cm; Ø rim 3,9 cm; Ø base 3,7 cm │ Weight: 74 gram
Technique: Body and collar above shoulder blown into a three-part mould of two vertical sections joined to a disk-shaped base section. Neck and rim free blown.
Classification: Stern (1995) type MCT VII, Stylized Grape Bottle, Series B
Description: Transparent amber coloured glass. On the body a stylized pattern of grapes consisting of eleven interlocking rows of continuous hemispherical knobs; eight rows with twenty-one knobs, the three top rows with fewer knobs because at the shoulder there are, opposite each other, two triangular leaves with a central vein. Tall cylindrical neck, with constriction at its base. Rim folded outward, then upward and inward. Bottom slightly concave; no pontil.
Condition: Intact with some iridescence and with some encrustation inside
Remarks: It is uncertain how this bottle had been used, possibly as wine-decanter (Stern, 1995).
The owner named in the provenance was an Italian Ambassador. He acquired the biggest part of his collection in the Sixties in the Middle East, when Damascus was his assignment.
Provenance: ± 1965 – 2009 Collection Carlo Perrone, Capano, Italy
Published: Romeins glas uit particulier bezit (J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum, 2011).
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), “Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit”,
29 April – 28 August 2011, exp. no. 206
Reference: Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery (S. Matheson, 1980), no. 279;
Roman Mold-blown Glass – Toledo Museum of Art – The first through sixth centuries (E. Stern, 1995), no. 127; Verreries antiques du Musée de Picardie (G. Dilly & N. Mahéo, 1997), no. 169

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