Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

Facon de Venise Spanish Footed Salt

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 31, 2016

Facon de Venise Spanish Footed Salero

A small Spanish Facon de Venise footed salt possible Catalonia, of straw-tint. The bowl is straight-sided with rounded base applied with six scroll handles of alternating blue and straw tint, above a spreading foot with bulbous collar and folded rim.  The bowl did have a lid. Thanks to Hans van der Weijden’s comment and also for sending a picture.  We are now able to show an example with a lid below.  The glass shown with lid is from the Museum for Decorative Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

H: 8.7cm, 3 3/8 inches

17th C

Ref: Fragil Transparencia, 2011 #84 & 85

71E Spanish Footed Bowl

Hans van der Weijden #100

Hans van der Weijden
#100 is like our 71E with the lid


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 30, 2016

TREFOIL-LIPPED JUG of  Hans van Rossum



Late 3rd century – early 4th century AD

Found: in the surrounding area of Sebaste (Samaria-Israel)

Size↑18.5 cm | ø 10.0 cm | Weight 188 g

Technique: Free blown, handle, foot and coils applied; tooled

Classification: Isings 1957 form 121a (variant)

Description: Transparent green glass, ovoid body standing on a splayed foot, cylindrical neck, trailed trefoil lip, broad and heavy angular strap-handle applied on the shoulder and attached to the rim. A coil ring is encircling the base of the neck. No pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, perfect condition, some colorful spots of iridescence on the body

Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities – Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2004

Reference: Bonhams London, auction 12 July 2000 lot 70, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina no. 261, Sotheby’s London,  auction 12 June 1997 lot 213, Ancient and Islamic Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, A. Oliver Jr. no. 157, Charles Ede London Ltd. General Antiquities Catalogue 183 (2011) no. 33, Christie’s New York, auction 8 June 2012 (Wunsch Foundation) lot 160
Jean-David Cahn AG, Auktion 4 19. Oktober 2002 no. 377


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 29, 2016


6th – 7th century AD. Eastern Mediterranean, probably Syrian.
H = 19.1 cm. W body = 6.0 cm. D rim = 6.0-6.5 cm. W base 5.0 cm. Weight 152 gr.

Condition: Intact. Few stress cracks. Small areas of incrustation.

Technique: Body mold blown, mouth and neck free blown. Applied handle.

Description: Transparent natural green, bubbly glass with stone and black speck inclusions. Similarly colored translucent handle. Rectangular body with four panels, decorated with designs in crisp relief. Panel 1 and 2: each with Greek inscription in two registers; panel 3 with two confronted birds (doves?) with a conical object between them; panel 4 with diamond pattern (lattice). Decoration on panels 1, 2 and 3 vertical with right border downside. Concave base with pontil mark 1,2 cm in diameter. Overhanging shoulder gently tapering to flared funnel mouth with rim rounded and thickened in flame. A thick trailed handle applied to the shoulder above panel 2, drawn up and down and wrapped around the neck.

Remarks: This is an extraordinary rare vessel, dedicated to Saint Sabas. The only known parallel is in the Toledo Museum. It was blown in the same mold but has a different mouth and handle. St. Sabas (439-532) was an important hermit in Orthodox Christianity, who became an Abbot and subsequently Archimandrite of all monasteries of Palestine. René Mouterde was the first one to translate the inscription which reads: “Father Saint Sabas, be favourable, help us the 15th day of Daisios 802”. According to the Sasanian calendar the year 802 would be AD 490. Possibly the inscription was referring to Sabas as a living person, which then would be quite unique.

Provenance: Ex collection of Mr David and Mrs Jenny Giles, London 2014.
Ex collection of Stephen Shalom, New York 1977.

Published: Timeless Treasures, Foruna Fine Arts, New York 2010.

References: Stern 1995, Toledo Museum, No. 191., Jalabert 1959, No. 2468.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 27, 2016


69R Roman Jug with Loop Handle

69R Roman Jug with Loop Handle

H: 21.1 cm (incl. handle) Date: 4th century

Remarks: This small jug is shaped with a wide body tapering sharply down to a pad foot.  The trumpet mouth is decorated with spiral self-trailing, repeated again on the neck.  A thick handle laid on at the shoulder raised to the rim terminating with a high loop. Condition is intact.

Reference: Verres Antiques et de L’islam, Paris, June 1985 lot 503, Ancient Glass  in the Israel Museum, 2033, 210 (Trefoil Mouth), Fascinating Fragility, Nico Bijnsdorp, 2010, #NFG 179, P330, Romeins Glas-een prive collectie, Joop van der Groen, 2014 P.78&79: VD6 062 (Trefoil Mouth), Christie’s Antiquities Dec. 11, 2014, lot # 178 (Trefoil Mouth)

Published: Sotheby’s June 23, 1989 Lot 568

Core-Formed Alabastron

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 27, 2016

This vessel was manufactured around 6th to 4th Century B.C. using the core-formed method of glassmaking. The shape of this Alabastron was inspired by the common Greek pottery of the period, a form frequently used in core glass. The decoration is also typical using trailed and marveled threads of yellow, turquoise and red.  Glass objects from pre-Hellenistic periods were luxury items, affordable by only the upper class.

H: 9.6 cm

6th -4th Century B.C.

Kofler #327 & 331, Constable Maxwell #15, Yale #23 & 24, Oppenhanded #165

26R Core-formed Alabastron


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 25, 2016



1st century AD. Eastern Mediterranean.

H= 4.6 cm. D max= 3.0 cm. L beak= 2.2 cm. L body= 8.9 cm. Weight 15 gr.

Condition: Intact. Some surface pitting and weathering.

Technique: Free blown. Tail and mouth tooled.

Description: Opaque aubergine and white marbled glass.Vessel in the form of a stylized bird. Tail extended and pinched. Short neck raised vertically to splayed mouth. Rim folded outward, up and inward and pinched to form a spouted beak. Flat base.

Remarks: Although so-called “bird flasks” are commonly spread throughout the Roman Empire, marbled ones are extremely rare. So far no parallel could be traced.

Provenance: Collection Dr. P.H. Plesch (AGv9H). Collection Dr. Leo Mildenberg, Zürich, January 1973.

Published: Christie’s 28 April 2009, No. 68.,Groen 2011, Romeins Glas uit Particulier Bezit, p. 132.

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL) April 29 till August 28 2011, No. 250.

References: Saldern 1974, Oppenländer Collection, Nos. 574-577.Kunz 1981, Kunstmuseum Luzern, No. 233.Arveiller-Dulong 2005, Louvre Museum, Nos. 644, 645.

Amber Pitcher with Lion Mask

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 23, 2016

The beautiful amber pitcher with a lion mask may be American or European.  The color and shape are typical for an American pitcher from this period, while the lion head mask decoration is commonly found on English or European objects.

H: 7 inches


61A Amber Pitcher with Lion Mask

Engraved Roemer

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 22, 2016

Engraved Roemer

This Roemer has a small smooth rounded bowl with an engraved grapevine design.  The closed stem is decorated with raspberry prunts and connected to a spiral foot made from a glass thread.

H: 5 inches

Late 18th C.

05E Roemer


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 21, 2016

100E Glass Holy-water Stoup of the Allaire Collection

This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing.  The double bowl fans out to a wide rim.  The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.

C. 1760

H: 26 cm

Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)


Keulenglas Beaker

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 20, 2016

Keulenglas club glass is a variety of Stangenglas decorated with a milled trailing wound spirally around the slightly club shaped beaker on a pedestal foot with a kick.

H: 22cm

Date: First half of the 17th C or earlier


Museum Fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt # 252, 253, 254

Kunstqewerbemuseum, Koln #164

Dexel #93

Sotheby’s June 16, 1984 #11

Gebrauchsglas, T. Dexel  #96

Keulenglas Beaker 105E

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