24R DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM
This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant iridescence patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.
H: 12 cm
4th. to 5th. Century AD
Kof 21, PA 433, N 486
Merovingian or Gallo-Roman Beaker
This Gallo-Roman beaker was made in the beginning of the Migration Period in the Western Provinces. The elegantly formed beaker is made of light olive green glass and stands on a conical base ring. Intact. Ex: Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.
H: 11.5 cm
D: 4th –Early 5th Century AD
Ref: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Volume 1, #177 P.115, Sotheby’s Nov 20 1987 Lot 133, #81, Memoires de Verre, # 74 P. 40, Verreries Antiques der Musee de Picardie # 319 P. 5
This bottle has a cylindrical shape with a flat base and a Codd stopper inside. It is embossed with the words: Demerara Ice House, Proprietors D’Aguiar Bros and a trade mark of a hand with a heart on it. Demerara Ice House Hotel, is located in Georgetown, Guyana, and was purchased by the D’Aguiar Brothers around 1907. It is called a Codd Bottle because of this type of closure in the neck. Hiram Codd, an English engineer in 1872, patented a bottle filled under gas pressure which pushed a marble against a rubber washer in the neck, creating a perfect seal. It was mainly used for mineral effervescent water.
H: 9 inches
D: 1907 or later
This early type of Wald glass is called a Berkemeyer. It has a flaring bowl on a prunted stem with pinched foot ring. Found in Germany. To view all the Roemers and Wald glass in this collection click here.
H: 9 cm
2nd Half of 16th C.
Rijksmuseum # 171
MEROVINGIAN TRAILED BEAKER
This is a Frankish (Merovingian) glass beaker with fine trailing. The piece is made from bubbly glass with a slight green tinge and has a bell-shaped body on a small circular pad base. At the top there is a splayed lip and below it there is a neck band of fine trailing. Intact. Ex Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.
There is a similar glass beaker in our collection 54E Frankish or Merovingian Beaker .
H: 10.3 cm
D: 5-6th Century AD
Ref: Vera I. Evison, Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Glass in the British Museum, Plate 3 #49 P. 131
Bottle with Spectacle Decoration
This is a Roman flask of colorless glass. It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim. Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern. This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.
H: 10.5 cm
Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53
16R AUBERGINE JAR
This globular short-neck jar with a funnel-mouth is a common 4th-5th Century shape. Many of the jars manufactured during this period have a variety of decorations such as pinched ribs, indentations and zig-zag trailing. Those having two or more handles were primarily found in the Eastern Mediterranean area. This jar with pale green handles on an aubergine body is a color combination seen frequently. Jar is intact.
H: 9.5 cm D: 8 cm
4th.-5th Century AD
Barakat #GF 86, p 103
Auth 1976 #469
Facon de Venise Wine Glass
This delicate wine is from Northern France or Southern Netherlands and is made in the Venetian style of glassmaking. The vessel has a pointed round funnel bowl with a stem of a flattened knop and base knop. The foot is funnel-shaped with a turned under edge. A faint purple tint can be seen throughout this diminutive glass. Also see “Stems”.
H: 11.5 cm
D: c. 1700
TWO-HANDLED UNGUENT BOTTLE of Hans van Rossum
Date: First half – mid-4th century AD | Origin: Eastern Mediterranean, Palestine
Size: ↑10.6 cm | ø 7.3 cm (across handles) | Weight 70 g
Technique: Pattern-blown, handles applied and tooled
Description: Transparent light green glass, slender formed body, funnel mouth and rim folded inwards. Flat base squeezed after blowing the vessel. Two angular handles applied on the body, on an extremely massive way, drawn up and down, attached to edge of rim. Body from shoulder to base covered with mold-blown sharp spiral ribs, curving from upper left to lower right. Pontil mark.
Condition: Intact and clear, perfect condition
Remarks: This is a typical late form of a balsamarium and is found with and without mold-blown ribbing.
Provenance: Tel Aviv art market, Archaeological Center Tel Aviv 2005
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, exp. no. 164 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: Roman, Byzantine and Early-Medieval Glass, Ernesto Wolf Collection, E.M. Stern no. 142, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina no. 410, The Fascinating of Ancient Glass, Dolf Schut Collection, M. Newby and D. Schut no. 85, Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 19, 14 April 1998 lot 118 for an identical example with the same ribbed body, Bonhams London, auction 28 October 2009 lot 304 with an identical ribbed body
The bowl on this Roemer has a faint ribbing with an engraved grapevine design circling the top. The open stem is decorated with raspberry prunts and connected to a spiral foot made from a glass thread. It may be from the Netherlands.
H: 13 cm
Late 17th Century