Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 22, 2017



Mid 4th – early 3rd century BC. Probably Italian or Eastern Mediterranean.

H= 11.3 cm. D max= 6.0 cm. D base= 3.8 cm. Weight 121 gr.


Classification: Grose 1989: Class II: AF. Form II:3.

Condition: Intact. Glossy appearance. Some light weathering.

Technique: Core formed. Rim tooled, handle and pad-foot applied. Marvered and unmarvered threads applied.

Description: Translucent cobalt blue ground with opaque yellow, opaque white and opaque turquoise decoration. Broad trefoil rim. Tall cylindrical neck with slight taper upward. Almost right-angled junction with rounded shoulder. Ovoid body with distinct convex curve. Broad circular pad-base with slightly concave underside and rounded edge. A vertical, ribbed strap handle arches to the top of the rim. Unmarvered opaque yellow threads wound around the edge of rim and pad-base and spirally in horizontal lines around the neck. On the shoulder a marvered opaque yellow thread wound spirally in six till seven revolutions. Below two marvered opaque turquoise horizontal lines, partly combed into a zigzag pattern. Eight marvered opaque white spirally wound threads at the middle of the body, tooled into a zigzag pattern. On lower body three bands of marvered spiral lines in opaque yellow, turquoise and white. Faint vertical ribbing on upper body due to tooling.

Provenance: Breitbart Collection. The Cyrus Collection of Core Form Glass.

Published: Groen & Rossum 2011, Romeins Glas uit Particulier Bezit, p. 17. Sotheby’s 9 December 2003, No. 89. Safani Gallery 1995, The Cyrus Collection of Core Form Glass, P16. Sotheby’s 20 June 1990, The Breitbart Collection, No. 56.

Reference: Grose 1989, Toledo Museum, No. 146. Stern 1994, Ernesto Wolf Collection, No. 53. Arveiller-Dulong 2000, Louvre Museum, No. 145. Saldern 1980, Hans Cohn Collection, Nos. 7 and 8.

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