Green Pitcher (Juno’s pitcher)
Free blown pitcher with tooling around rim and applied handle. The aesthetics of this object are wonderful for a simple pitcher.
H: 5 1/2 ”
Early 19th Century, South Jersey or New York State
Venetian Filigrana Glass Vase
The pear-shaped body of this Venetian vase is fashioned with two styles of filigrana retortoli canes. The straight neck may have had a lid. The vessel is decorated with clear glass wing handles, single center trail and ring foot also of clear glass. A similar object is in the collection in the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.
D: 1700 Venice
Published: A Collection of Filigrana Glass, Kitty Lameris, 2012 #20
Ref: Coburg #452, HansCohn Collection #201, Golden Age of Venetian Glass #127
Photo courtesy of Frides Lameris Art and Antique, Amsterdam
In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects. As a reminder of baptism, Catholic Christians dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Holy water is kept in a font, which is typically located at the entrance to a church (or sometimes in a separate room or building called a baptistery). A smaller vessel for Holy water, called stoup, is usually placed on a wall near the entrances of the church. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and private home which had a chapel in them. Below are two examples of stoups from the Allaire collection number 28E, 100E and two additional pictures from other sources.
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP, SPANISH 28E
H: 9 1/2 in.
This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy water in a Roman Catholic Church. It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.
Ref: Hermitage #34, #16
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP 100E
H: 26 cm
This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing. The double bowl fans out to a wide rim. The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.
Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)
Byzantine Bulb-Shaped Lamp
This is an early Byzantine blown glass lamp. Vessels similar to this object have been found in fourth to sixth century contexts in the Republic of Abkhazia, on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. The second picture is an example of the holder the lamp was hung in when used.
H: 8 cm
4th to 6th Century