Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 22, 2015

Monochrome Ribbed Glass Bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl


67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

This broad shallow ribbed bowl was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian area or Italy. It is of pale blue-green glass and made from a thick round disc. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disc was slumped into a bowl shape over a form. The exterior shows the 23 ribs set vertically on the body which along with the rim was fire polished. After being annealed and cooled the interior of the bowl was rotary polished and two incised concentric circles made.

Date: 1st C. BC to 1st C. AD
H: 4.5 cm
D: 15 cm

Ref: The Fascination of Ancient Glass #18, Glass: The Eighth Wonder of the World #22, Fire and Sand Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum #19, The Bomford Collection #33, Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass #339, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, P.52, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, P. 19


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 13, 2015

Egyptian Glass Bowl of Allaire Collection

66R Egyptian Glass Bowl from Karanis' 5-6th Century

66R Egyptian Glass Bowl from Karanis’ 5-6th Century

Date: 5th – 6th C. AD

H: 6.5 cm D: 10.5 cm

Description: The form of this bowl is typical of those found at Karanis in Faiyum, Egypt. It was made by free blowing the yellowish green glass into a bell-shaped bowl which sits on a large pad base with crisscross tooling on the exterior. It has a small kick and pontil mark on the base. A similar glass can be found on this site at EGYPTIAN DEEP BOWL of  A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass

Ref: Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass vol. 1 # 107 & #109, Fascinating Fragility, Nico Bijnsdorp, P. 401, The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection, Christies’s July 9, 1991 Lot 74, Verres Antiques et De L’Islam, Juin 3 & 4, 1985 Paris, lot 406


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 6, 2015


 The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Additional pictures of pendant are at the bottom of the page.

D: Of the fourth to third century B.C.  Size: H: 3.3 cm,  W:2.65 cm, D: 1.2 cm,

Diameter-rod-hole: 0,65 cm, depth rod-hole: 0,3 cm Diameter suspension ring outside: 0.9 cm, Diameter inside: 0.25 cm.

Technique: Rod-formed. The base is made of  blue of glass, on which is added a white proportion to create the face. Blue glass is then used on white to make bulbous eyes. Prefabricated curly hair- and beard locks added. One yellow-white dot for a wart on the forehead and two dots of the same color as the ear. Orange-red lips, the oval split in two.

Description: Green vertical suspension ring; five beard curls, two are bluish green, two are orange; seven hair curls, of which five are blue, one is red and one is orange; a white wart on the forehead; two light colored dots on the right side of the face, depicting the ear or the ear jewel; on the left side the dots are missing.

Condition: Broken and mended; incomplete; a crack is visible from mid right side of the face to left side of the hair before the last curl; two dots from the left ear are missing.

 Remarks: According to T.E.Haevernick in ‘Beitrage zur Glasforschung’ 1977/1981, p306: ‘Our group (of head pendants) categorized as no:1 can be described as classical-Carthaginian. There should be no doubt that they were manufactured in Carthage. They come so close in detail, that they can not have been made somewhere else. Add to it that they are not of the same form, although one would come to think so. They all were made in their own free style. Characteristic is a range of well ordered hair- and beard curls. It is amazing how ingenious they were made. One really comes to recognize the hand of one master from that time so to speak, how curl to curl of every hair-lock came to existence. Add the fact that one had to work very quickly before the glass cooled and could not be worked again. One always finds that staring blue  eyes on a white background to be mesmerizing.’

The head pendant once was the centerpiece of a precious necklace. The color blue in ancient history was  to ward off evil power. The pendant might be regarded as the depiction of Baal Hammon, chief god of the Carthaginians and equivalent in position to the Greek  god Cronus and roman Saturn. The bearer of the pendant was, in fact, entrusted to the protection of Baal Ammon.

Provenance: From a private dutch collection. First Publication.

Reference: Seefried, JGS 1979, type C3, 4th. century B.C.  Haevernick 1977/1981: group 1, with head- and beard curls, 3rd. century B.C. Schlick-Nolte / Stern 1994, p.186, no 33, 4th. to 3rd. century  B.C.



Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 5, 2015


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

(See below for details on the above beads)

Of the 7th. – 6th. Century B.C.     Egypt, West Persia or Italy

↑ 4.6/3.7/3.9/4.9cm    Ø body: 2.2 /1.8/2.0/1.9 cm

Ø Mouth: 0.6, 0.6, 0.6, 0.6 cm        Ø Tail: 0.4, 0.3, 0.2, 0.3 cm


Technique: core-formed with different colors of glass: feathered in black, white, blue yellow and red; mouth and tail, or begin and end, circled with white opaque glass.

Description: Fish-shaped beads from a chain of beads; with longitudinal perforation, each with a wide opening as the mouth and a smaller opening on the opposite end, the tail; vertical opaque white lining on all openings; the rough surface imprint of the sand-core inside is well visible.

Condition: Complete but deeply weathered; some sandy encrustation; pitted surfaces.

Remarks: Belonging to a chain of sand-core beads or possibly used individually as runners for metal brooch fibulae, where the fish shaped body could have suited the use of a bronze brooch for the mouth- and tail opening are not of the same size.

Latter statement is a proposition where as most of the sand-core fibulae have bow-shaped forms to the brooches, as examples with Kisa, Haevernick, Grose and Goldstein show. The fish-shaped beads are unique in this size for no comparable examples have been found in literature so far.

Provenance: Most Likely from Egypt, Western Persia or Italy (Etruscan era). In a private dutch collection. First publication.


Kisa,1906, Das Glas im Altertume, vol I, p 49, ill. 23.

Haevernick, 1959, Jahrbuch RGZM 6, 57-63. Zu den Glasbuegel Fibeln.

Nolte, 1968, Die Glasgefaesse im alten Aegypten, p 58-60. p176. pl XXVIII 59, 60.

pl XXIX 1, 2.

Von Saldern et al. 1974, no 106, p 48. Sammlung Erwin Oppenlaender.

Goldstein, 1979, Pre Roman and Early Roman glass, p 123, no 254, inv. 66.1.134/ 76.1.32

Von Saldern 1980, Ancient and Byzantine Glass from Sardis, no:833, p106, pl 19.

Bomford Collection, 1976, no 5, p 13.

Grose, 1989, Early Ancient Glass at the Toledo Museum.


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