FOUR MINIATURE GLASSES of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen
The miniature wineglass in the background is made in two-piece from grayish glass, most probably from the Netherlands or Germany mid 18th century. Description as given by Laméris in the catalog “The van Beek collection, Passion for glass”; Miniature wineglass with a funnel bowl above a straight solid stem, a basal knop and a light conical foot. This glass was probably intended for children to play with. Not many of these miniatures are known.
Origin: Netherlands or Germany mid 18th century
Dimensions: 8cm.; ø foot 4,2 cm.; ø cuppa 3 cm.; weight 26,5 grams.
Provenance: The van Beek collection, With Laméris.
Published: Laméris: “The van Beek collection, Passion for glass” 2015, pg. 114/115
The three glasses in the foreground are too big to be used as doll’s house glasses. It could be that these glasses were either used by adults in a kind of drinking game as these glasses compare in a certain way to “Schnaps” glasses, or by children imitating the drinking “ceremonies” of the adults. Regarding form and shape these glasses compare, in a way, with Lauenstein glasses. These glasses have what I would call a rounded bucket bowl and are of a two part construction. The stem drawn from the cuppa material having a so called bladed knop.
Origin: most probably Germany second half 18th century.
Dimensions: – 127a; ↑ 5cm.; ø foot 3,2 cm.; ø cuppa 2,7 cm.; weight 21,8 grams.
This glass has a quite hefty foot with a protruding pontil, explaining the higher weight.
– 127b; ↑ 5,5 cm; ø foot 3,2 cm.; ø cuppa 2,5 cm.; weight 18,5 grams, slight conical foot,
– 127c;↑ 4,9 cm.; ø foot 3 cm.; ø cuppa 2,7 cm.; weight 18,2 grams.
Provenance: – The van Beek collection, With Laméris.
Published: Laméris: “The van Beek collection, Passion for glass” 2015, pg. 13 fig.6
EGYPTIAN MOSAIC IBIS INLAY of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
H = 1.6 cm. L = 2.9 cm. Th. = 3-4 mm. W = 5 gr.
Date: Ptolemaic-Roman, first century BC – first century AD. Egyptian.
Condition: Intact. Few air bubbles burst at surface. Some weathering.
Technique: Assembled from cold, prefabricated mosaic composite bars and fused. One side flat and polished. Vertical sides unworked.
Description: Section of a rectangular mosaic composite bar. Semi-translucent turquoise ground with the figure of the Egyptian deity Thoth as IBIS, walking on opaque brick-red baseline. The Ibis composed of composite canes: beak, neck, lower legs, feet and tail as well as outlines of body, wings and upper legs are “black” (see Remarks). Body, feathers, tail and upper legs are opaque white. The black eye encircled by opaque brick-red and opaque light green rings. Longitudinal intersection of the beak in opaque light green.
Remarks: When the inlay is put under strong light, the “black” beak, neck, lower legs, feet and tail appear to be translucent amethyst whereas the outlines of body and wings appear to be translucent light blue. The (oft intricate) designs in mosaic composite bars and canes are fabricated by bundling and fusing cold, prefabricated rods into the desired pattern, followed by pulling the bar or cane outward, thus lengthening it and simultaneously miniaturizing the depiction. The elongated bar can be sliced into thin plaques by sawing, clipping, snapping or otherwise. The slices can be used as decoration in furniture and in glass vessels.
Provenance: Old French collection, 1950’s.
References: Christie’s 26 April 2012, The Groppi Collection, Nos. 6, 9 and 14., Christie’s 7 July 1993, The Groppi Collection (Per-Neb), Nos. 152 and 137., Ettinghausen 1962, The Freer Gallery of Art, No. 46., Stern 1994, The Ernesto Wolf Collection, No. 122.
TWIN-HANDLED JAR of Hans van Rossum
4th century AD | Found in the surrounding area of Sebaste (Samaria-Israel)
Size↑11.5 cm | ø 11.3 cm | Weight 210 g
Technique: Free blown, handles and thread applied
Description: Transparent greenish yellow glass, globular body, everted rim with beginning of a collar, slightly indented base with rest of pontil. Body decorated with a thread of thin glass, spiraling counterclockwise from top of the body with a drop of glass just below rim, to the base with approximately eight revolutions. Two small handles, applied on top of shoulder, drawn up and attached to vertical side of rim.
Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities – Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2005
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 236 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: Christie’s London, auction 8 April 1998 lot 39, Christie’s New York, auction 13 June 2000 lot 368, without trailing, Les Verres Antiques du Musée du Louvre II, V. Arveiller-Dulong & M.D. Nenna no. 1173, without trailing, Kunst der Antike, Günter Puhze no. 23 – catalogue number 164 without trailing
SET OF TWO ROMAN BRACELETS of Joop van der Groen
Roman Empire, Eastern Mediterranean │ 3rd century – 4th century AD
Size of each bracelet: ↑ 1,1 cm; Ø outside 8,4 cm. │ Weight of each bracelet: 32 gram
Description: Set of two identical bracelets of opaque lime green glass; top and underside of exterior an orange-red band; between these two bands twisted glass threads in the colors yellow and black. All sides of the bracelets (inside, outside, top and underside) flattened; the corners lightly rounded.
Remarks: In the antiquity the owner of a set of two identical bracelets wore one bracelets on each arm.
Provenance: 2009 Malter Galleries Encino, Los Angelos;
before 2009 Private Collection, Ventura County, California;
before in a Private Collection, Great Britain.
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. 258
Reference: Glas der Antike, Kestner-Museum Hannover (Ursula Liepmann, 1982), no. 166; A collection of Ancient Glass 500 BC – 500 AD (P.L.W. Arts, 2000), no. 57.
Example 22 and #93a Venetian of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen
Dimensions: H = 19 cm.; ø rim = 8,1 cm.; ø foot = 8,4 cm.; weight = 73,9 gram.
Origin & Date: This glass is most probably a Tuscan wine glass, first half 17th century ~ 1625.
Stem Type: This is a so called stem “a tige” or like a twig with an merese connecting stem to foot.
Description: The bowl is directly set to the hollow stem which is connected by a merese to the rather flat foot. The glass has a faint somewhat smokey color. The glass is similar to #93 (Example 16) except for color, connecting merese, origin and date.
TREFOIL-LIPPED of Hans van Rossum
4th century AD | Found near Jenin (Samaria-Israel)
Size↑15.0 cm | ø 9.4 cm | Weight 182 g
Technique: Free blown, handle and coils applied; tooled
Description: Translucent moss green glass, squat piriform body, cylindrical neck, mouth with trefoil folded lip. Base indented with rest of pontil. Ribbed handle, applied on shoulder, drawn up and down, terminating in fold to underside rim. Body with twelve ribs, pinched lengthwise, ribs differ in terms of their direction, sharpness and distance between them. Trail wound below rim and at bottom of neck.
Condition: Intact, some weathering
Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities, Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2004
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 109, 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: Sotheby’s New York, auction 13 June 1996 lot 160, Bonhams London, auction 21 October 1999 lot 74, The Barakat Gallery, a Catalogue of the Collection, no. GF 107, p. 113 (also said to be found in Samaria – Israel), Les Verres Antiques du Musée du Louvre II, V. Arveiller-Dulong & M.D. Nenna no. 1004, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Collection of Mediterranean Antiquities, B. Caron & P. Zoïtopoúlou no. 116, Musées d´Art et d´Histoire, Ville de Geneve, inv. no. 018596
RIBBED JAR of Hans van Rossum
4th – 5th century AD | Found in the surrounding area of Sebaste (Samaria-Israel)
Size↑7.8 cm | ø 7.3 cm | Weight 54 g
Technique: Free blown, tooled
Description: Transparent amber brown glass, globular body with nine vertical ribs. The ribs were pincered before the neck was tooled, as is visible. The irregularly spaced ribs of varying length. Wide mouth, rim folded inward. Indented base, no pontil.
Condition: Intact, almost clear. On interior a small area of golden iridescence.
Provenance Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities – Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2004
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 240, 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: Verres Antiques et de l’Islam, Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D(emeulenaere )no. 339, Christie’s London, auction 25 April 2001, lot 471 (manganese)
Ancient Glass from the Holyland, p. 20. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (USA)
Bonhams London, auction 26 April 2001 lot 238, Christie’s London, auction 20 October 1999 lot 110