Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

MEROVINGIAN CONE BEAKER

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 24, 2016

MEROVINGIAN CONE BEAKER of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

Fischer #4

MEROVINGIAN CONE BEAKER

Late 5th – early 6th century AD. Western Roman Empire.
H 12.0 cm. Drim 7.5 cm. Dbase 2.6 cm. Weight 77 gr.

Classification:
Morin-Jean 1913: Form 107.
Harden 1956: Group III.

Condition:
Intact. Excellently preserved.

Technique:
Pattern-blown. Trail applied.

Description:
Transparent natural green, bubbly glass. White trail.
The mold-blown body (blown in dip-mold) covered with diagonal ribbing from lower right to upper left. Ribbing starts at approx. 2 cm above bottom. Rim fire rounded and slightly thickened. Conical wall tapering to slightly turned-in base. Annular pontil mark at base. A white trail spiralling horizontally around the neck just below the rim in thirteen revolutions.

Remarks:
After the collapse of the Roman Empire the Frankish taste in glass changed: cutting, engraving and enamelling disappeared and simpler shapes and decorative styles prevailed. Frankish (Merovingian) glass was mainly produced at the furnace. This beaker is an outstanding example of the less sophisticated techniques of the Franks. The lack of a firm base on this beaker implies, that the liquid must have been consumed before the beaker was placed rim down on the table.

Published:
Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen 19 October 2015, No. 4.

References:
Loudmer 1985, Collection Monsieur D., Nos. 515-516.
Whitehouse 2001, Corning Museum, No. 669.
Collection John and Carole Allaire, No. 60E.

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