Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 8, 2016



Date: 3rd – 4th century AD | Place: Eastern Mediterranean, probably Beit She’an (Israel), the Roman city of Scythopolis Size: ↑14.7 cm | ø 8.4 cm | Weight 166 g

Technique: Body pattern-blown, neck and rim free blown. Handle, foot and coil applied.

Description: Transparent yellowish green glass, cylindrical body with almost straight walls and             optical wrythen-molded blown. On body, from shoulder to bottom, expanded spiral ribs curving from upper left to lower right. Cylindrical neck, rim folded outward, inward and flattened, coil ring of black glass under the rim, as an extra decoration, and around the base of the neck. Applied massive angular handle of black glass, applied on the shoulder, drawn up and down, attached in a fold just below the rim   and to the edge. A massive coil ring of black looking glass as base, rest of pontil.

Condition: Intact, some slightly incrustation and iridescence

Remarks: Black glass is rare. The form of a body with straight walls likes to be a characteristic for a production in Israel. (Israeli 2003) Form and combination of the used colors of this jug are typically for a production in the area of Beit She’an in the north of Israel. Compare HVR 145 pp. 244-245.

Provenance: Collection John Platt, New York USA acquired 1980s, Collection Daniel M. Friedenberg USA

Published: Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum 2011, p. 6 Arte Primitivo New York, auction 13 October 2003 lot 267

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 105  29 April – 28 August 2011

Reference: Eretz Museum Tel-Aviv, the Glass Pavilion for a similar example in greenish glass and with trefoil mouth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, S.H. Auth no. 117, inv. no. 50.1516 (without foot) Glas der Antiken Welt I, P. LaBaume no. D.68 (without foot)

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