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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 30, 2012

ROMAN SPHERICAL BOTTLE of Joop van der Groen



Roman Empire │ 2nd half 3rd century – 4th century AD
Size: ↑ 21,6 cm; Ø max. 17,1 cm; Ø rim 3,9 cm. │ Weight: 299 gram

Technique: Free blown. Tooled.
Classification: Isings (1957) form 103.
Description: Transparent bluish-green glass. Spherical body, lightly squat, on concave base. No pontil mark. Neck with constriction at the base. Rim flattened.
Condition: Intact with some iridescence and weathering.
Remarks: Because of the simple shape and the lack of decoration this type of bottles could be made very quickly.
Big spherical bottles were used in the kitchen for the storage of liquid substances.
Provenance: 2009 Anavian Gallery, New York; 1963 – 2007 Private Collection, New York.
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: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrϋne Glas in Köln (Fritz Fremersdorf, 1958), no. 35.5, tafel 96; Die Farblosen Gläser der Frϋhzeit in Köln (Fritz Fremersdorf & Edeltraud Polónyi-Fremersdorf, 1984), no. 94; Le Verre d’époque romaine au Musée de Strasbourg ( Véronique Arveiller-Dulong & Jacques Arveiller, 1985), no. 277; Antike Gläser im Frankfurter Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Welker, 1987), no. 43; Verreries antiques du Musée de Picardie (Georges Dilly & Noël Mahéo, 1997), no. 147; Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum – The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts (Israeli, 2003), no. 176.

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