Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Islamic Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 31, 2015


Dishes of this type were often used in sets during the Roman Imperial Period. This particular dish of blue/green color has a brilliant iridescence covering the interior base. It has a profiled thick rim with a high concave base. The dish has been mended.  It is possible that this bowl is not Roman but from the early Islamic period 7th or 8th century.

Eastern Mediterranean

First Century A.D. ?

H: 4.5 cm.  Rim D: 12.5 cm.


Cf. Saldern 1980 # 137

Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 23, 2015

Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

 This late Roman glass jar is light green in color and free-blown.  The piriform body is concave on the underside and has a wide flaring mouth with a rounded rim with applied dark blue trailing wound spirally up the rim.  There are three trails wound around the body and tooled at intervals to form a pattern of bisected ovals called chain trailing. The trailing on this object is similar to a Juglet from the Hans van Rossum collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number: 37.128.6.

H: 11.1 cm 4th C. AD October 2002

51R Jar 4th C

51R Late Roman Jar with Chain Decoration 4th C


Posted in 3. European Glass, Anglo-Saxon Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Merovingian Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 17, 2015

Anglo-Saxon or Merovingian Glass Bowl

This pale Merovingian green bowl is decorated with a smooth white trail at the rim.  Dating from the Merovingian period, bowls of this type have been discovered in Anglo-Saxon graves.

D: 12 cm

H: 4.5 cm

Late 5th or early 6th C

Ref: Dark ages #20, Corning  vol. 2 #652

Glass bowl from the Merovingian period

80E Glass bowl from the Merovingian period


Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 13, 2015


During the first and second centuries a large group of simple bottles developed from the early “tear drop” shape.  This example has a slender piriform body, short tubular neck with a slight neck constriction.  The silvery iridescence covering the entire piece adds to its simple beauty.

From Syria. H: 6 cm Rim D: 1.75 cm 1-2 century  Cf. APC # T247


Small silvery Roman bottle 7R


Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 6, 2015


The short-neck jar is a type of Roman glass which first appeared in the Third Century AD and became a common shape during the 4th and 5th Centuries. Its characteristic globular body was often decorated with pinched ribs, indentations or trailed-on threads. The example here is one of the most classic designs of the type.  This jar is made of pale yellow-green glass, having turquoise handles and light turquoise zig-zag trailing.  It has a pontil mark and is intact.

H: 9 cm D: 7.5 cm

4th. to 5th. Century AD

Israel Museum #5, A.P.C. CR-85


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


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

4th century AD. | Eastern Mediterranean | Isings form:133

Size: ↑ Mouth:16.9 cm | ↑Loop: 18.1 cm | ø Body: 8 cm | ø  Mouth 4.7 cm | Weight: 87 g

Technique: Free-blown to ovoid shape; mouth out splayed and rounded; cylindrical neck, from body to mouth ribbed with a fork-like, probably wooden, utensil to create the spiraled interior*; handle applied, placed above shoulder, drawn up to the underside of the mouth, then drawn up again to create a loop, as a thumb rest,  placed upwards from the edge of the mouth.

(* Suggested by Hans van Rossum who investigated the phenomenon on a glass in his own collection.)

Description: Ovoid shaped body of transparent glass with a greenish tinge; funnel shaped mouth, abraded rim; clear light-green handle; flattened concave base; rest of pontil mark visible; slightly iridescent, some adhering dust.


No parallel vessel known concerning the combination of transparency of the ovoid body with funnel mouth, grooved neck, green loop handle and concave base.

Condition: Complete, no cracks, slightly iridescent with some adhering dust, in good and beautiful condition all over.

Remarks: Only the neck holds a ribbed interior, that starts almost unnoticed at the shoulder and stops rather exactly at one third of the funnel mouth, and it is emphasized when a fluid is poured through it into a cup or bowl. The operation to create this effect is well considered by the glass maker.

Provenance: From a Dutch collection. First publication.

Reference: to the (diagonal or vertical) spiral grooving of the third to fourth century:

Kisa 1, 1908, p 187, plate 93.

Morin Jean, 1913, Forme 51, handle δ2.

Harden, 1936, Karanis, pl XVIII, 612.

Isings, 1957, variation to form 133, bulbous flask, cylindrical neck, funnel mouth.

Von Saldern, Sammlung Hentrich, 1974, nrs 59-61, p 73-74.

Von Saldern e.a. 1974, Sammlung Oppenländer, no 491, p 179.

Kunina, 1997, no’s 173-175, p 136-137.

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