Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 21, 2012

Small can be beautiful of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Miniature  core form jug

Miniature core form jug

Dimensions: H: 2.5 cm.; largest ø 1.4 cm.; foot ø 0.7 cm.; weight 3 grams.

Origin: Eastern Mediterranean, Date: 4th century AD

Miniature jug with a core made from dark blue glass. The handle and the open latticework around the core are of a lighter blue glass. The handle has first been fixed to the latticework and then pulled up to the rim of the core.

Parallels: – Die Welt van Byzanz – Europas Östliches Erbe, Ausstellungs Katalog Prähistorische Staatsamlung (2004) pg. 319 nr. 595 – Cantz, Römisches, Byzantinisches und frühmittelalterliches Glas, 10 v. Chr. – 700 n. Chr, pag. 361 nr. 8, – Toledo Museum of Art, Nr. 1923.2223, collection Edward Drummond Libbey. – Whitehouse, Roman glass in the Corning Museum of glass, Vol. Three, pg. 48/49, nrs, 962, 964 – Rossum van H.; Roman and early Byzantine Glass, pg.232/233 – Metropolitan Museum New York, acc. nr. 17.194. 478

Provenance: – Ex German private collection B.E., acquired between 1966 en 1981 – Gorny & Mosch auction nr. 231, lot nr. 253.

AMBER RIBBED BOWL (zarte Rippenschale)

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 14, 2012

AMBER RIBBED BOWL (zarte Rippenschale) of  Hans van Rossum

AMBER RIBBED BOWL (zarte Rippenschale)

AMBER RIBBED BOWL (zarte Rippenschale)

Size↑5.0 cm | ø 9.8 cm | Weight 102 g

First half of 1st century AD | Roman Empire with areas of concentration in northern Italy, Dalmatia, Carniolia (Slovenia) and the Ticino area

Technique : Probably combination of a mold and free blown, tooled.

Classification: Isings 1957 form 17

Description: Translucent amber colored glass, squat spherical body, flaring but not widened             mouth, rim cracked-off and polished; blown into a mold and decorated with twenty ribs which are connected by an arch. Flattened base, no pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, weathering; perfect condition

Provenance: Ex private New York City collection, formed between 1997 – 2013, Acquired in 1996 by Khader M. Baidum & Sons, Jerusalem, Israel

Published: Arte Primitivo New York, auction 66, 24 July 2013 lot 157, Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 16,  8 April 1996 lot 106

Reference:  Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 50, 21 April 2011 lot 320

For an identical example Vetri Antichi del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Aquileia, L. Mandruzzato and A.

 Marcante no. 221 (inv. AQ12684) for a manganese example, decorated with opaque  white thread

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, accession no. 81.10.75

Literature:  ‘Die Verbreitung der ‘’zarten Rippenschalen’’ T. E. Haevernick in Jahrbuch des  Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz, 14. Jahrgang 1967


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 2, 2012

Roman Drinking Glass of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen 

Roman drinking glass poto by Tom Haartsen

Roman drinking glass photo by Tom Haartsen

Origin: Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus, 3rd  – 4th century AD.

Dimensions:  ­7 cm.; foot ø 4,5 cm.; cuppa ø 8,5 cm.; weight 36 gram.

Drinking glass made from light olive green glass. This free formed glass is, as it looks like, made from one piece (gather) of glass. The hollow stem is “pulled” from the almost cylindrical body of the glass and than splayed out forming the small diameter foot having a rolled in rim. The mouth of the glass is also rolled in and has a very smooth finish. A very small pontil is visible. In the hollow stem a little earth deposit.

Parallels (ao.): – Isings, “Roman glass from dated finds”, pg. 139, Isings form 111, – Thomas Dexel, “Gebrauchsglas” pg. 65, – The Constable-Maxwell collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1979, pg. 59 pict. 86, – Cantz, Römisches, Byzantinisches und frühmittelalterliches Glas, 10 v. Chr – 700 n.Chr, 309 nr. 172, – The collection Engels- de Lange, Frides Laméris Arts and Antiques, pg.24/25

Published: -“De Oude Flesch” nr. 124 (2011), pg. 14, – Catalogue “Romeins glas uit Particulier bezit”, Thermenmuseum Heerlen 2011, nr.60, page 47.

Provenance: – ex collection Niemeijer-Huysse, acquired in 1978 from Frides Laméris, Amsterdam, – acquired by present owners from Archea, PAN Amsterdam.

Exhibited: – Allard Pierson, see movie with Prof. Isings showing this or a very direct parallel of this glass.  – “Romeins glas uit Particulier bezit”, Thermenmuseum Heerlen 2011.

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