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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 3, 2012

MOLD-BLOWN JUG of  Hans van Rossum



4th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean

Size↑13.0 cm | ø 7.3 cm | Weight 94 g


Technique: Mold-blown, neck and rim free blown; handle and coil applied

Description: Translucent yellow glass, globular body blown into a two-part mold, cylindrical neck flaring mouth and trefoil folded lip. Turquoise glass handle of massive coil, applied on shoulder, drawn up and down, attached below rim, continuing and forming a highlight to edge of rim, snapped off. A turquoise glass coil as decoration under the trefoil lip. Body decorated in relief in three registers (from top to bottom): (1) graduated circles with central bosses; (2) crosses and dots within squares; (3) diagonal swirling ribs below. Rounded base, no pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, some weathering and iridescence

Provenance: Collection C.A. Hessing, Laren (NL) 1998, formed in the 1990s, collection number 55
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Hans Benzian (CH), acquired in the 1960s – 1970s

Published: Glass Circle News, Issue 133, Vol. 36 no. 3, 2013, 3000 Jahre Glaskunst, von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil, M. Kunz no. 307, Sotheby’s London, auction 7 July 1994 lot 156

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 102 29 April – 28 August 2011, Kunstmuseum Luzerne (CH), 3000 Jahre Glaskunst, von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil, no. 307. 19 July – 13 September 1981

Reference: Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts,
Y. Israeli no. 217 (rounded mouth), La fragilitat en el temps. El vidre a l’antiguitat, T. Carreras Rossell no. 159, Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass – Vol. II, D. Whitehouse nos. 640-642
Gorny & Mosch Munich, Auktion Kunst der Antike no. 210, 12. December 2012 lot 68 (ribbed handle)
Fire and Sand, Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum, A. Antonaras no. 91

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