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FOUR -HANDLED SPRINKLER

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 18, 2016

FOUR -HANDLED SPRINKLER of A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass

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4th Century A.D., Syro-Palestinian
H = 7.7 cm, D = 4.5 cm

Intact and in excellent condition

Description: Optical-blown cosmetic bottle with free-blown neck and rim. Four dark blue/turquoise s-shaped handles applied to the shoulder and four splayed feet attached to the base. Pointil mark present.
P.Cuperus: ‘Characteristic for sprinklers is the horizontal disc between neck and shoulder. In the disc a whole with a narrow diaphragm. For this particular sprinkler the glassblower pierced the disc with a rod (when the glass was still soft) and turned the rod anti-clockwise. As the bottles are almost closed the scent of the liquid will not escape. The small opening only allows a small droplet to be poured out.’
Exhibited:
Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), ‘Roman Glass from private collections’,
29 April – 28 August 2011, exp. no. 163
Museum Honig Breethuis (NL) ’Fascinating luxury of Antiquity’
12 November 2011– 30 January 2012 , exp no. 17

Published:

Charles Ede Ltd, Ancient Glass XX (2001)

Paul E.Cuperus , A Collection of Roman Glass (2008)

Romein Glas uit particulier bezit (2011)

Provenance: The Paul E. Cuperus collection no. 40
Ref. Galerie Puhze 16, no.218; Bonhams November 2001,no.420

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