LARGE ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH THUMB-REST
LARGE JUG WITH THUMB-REST of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
Late third to fourth century AD. Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Syro-Palestinian.
H = 29.1 cm. D max = 15.6 cm. D rim = 9.5 cm. D base = 11.1 cm. Weight: 1030 gr.
Condition: Intact with very beautiful iridescence. Some weathering and incrustation on the inside.
Technique: Free blown. Handle, thumb-rest, coils and foot applied.
Description: Pale natural green glass. Ovoid, almost bulbous body with pushed-in base. Pontil mark. Applied foot-ring. Long cylindrical neck on broad horizontal shoulder, ending in funnel mouth with rounded rim. An aquamarinish-green coil below the rim, tooled into waves. A second, very thick bluish-green collar with tooled ribbing around the lower neck. A thick ribbed handle drawn-up diagonally from the body and bent to allow horizontal attachment to the rim. Heavy triangular thumb-rest projecting above the rim and the handle.
Remarks: It is interesting to see, that the thread forming the thick coil around the lower neck starts to be fully blue, then slowly mixes with the pale green to finally finish in fully pale green color.
Provenance: Ex Dr. & Mrs P.H. Plesch Collection (AGv 29h) 1970.
Published: Christie’s 2 April 2014, lot No. 24.
Reference: Kunina 1997, Hermitage Museum, No. 396., Saldern 1974, Hentrich Collection, No.55.
Saldern 1980, Hans Cohn Collection, No. 57.