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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 14, 2016

GLASS ALBARELLO of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Glass Albarello

Glass Albarello

Origin: Tuscany or possibly Venice, Date:  3rd Q 17th century
Dimensions: H 15 cm.; largest ø 7,8 cm.; weight 112,4 gram

Material: soda glass

Remarks: Albarello’s were used in pharmacies in the old days. Most of those are ceramic. This glass albarello is one of the rare ones that survived. This glass type of arbarello was most probably used for liquids or medicine so that the content could be viewed, ie. that the components didn’t segregate or that discoloration could be observed. The ceramic ones were mainly used for (medicinal) creams also preventing a potential break down of the content from sunlight. The reason for the two bulbous forms at the top and bottom is to give a sturdier grip to the vessel but, could also have given a contribution to the mixing effect. (not tested) This way the albarello won’t slip from your hands that easily. The rim is flared out to enable the attachment of a piece of vellum tied down with a piece of rope to safeguard the contents of the albarello. This glass albarello is also demonstrating the copying of successful forms ie. from the larger ceramic ones. See pictures attached. The kicked-in bottom has a nice pontilmark.

Parallels: – Schaich, Glas des Alltags 2011, pg. 90, pict. 784, – Fragili Tranparenze, Vetri Antichi Toscana, pg. 104, pict.92,
– Gläser der Antike-Mittelalter und neuere Zeit, Katalog des Museums Stadt, Regensburg, Sammlung Brauer, pg. 29, pict. 42 ( 12,6 cm.)

Provenance: – ex coll. Friedleben, – Heilbronner Kunst- und Auktionshaus Fischer, auction 170

Examples: of  Albarellos in ceramic from the collection of E. & MP.Z


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