ROMAN BOTTLE SHAPED LIKE GRAPE-BUNCH
BOTTLE SHAPED LIKE GRAPE-BUNCH of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
2nd century AD, possibly earlier. Syro-Palestinian.
H= 9.0 cm. D max= 5.5 cm. D rim= 3.0 cm. Weight 29 gr.
Classification: Isings: Form 91a (without handles).
Condition:Excellent condition. Clear and glossy
Technique: Body blown into a two-part mold of two vertical sections with an oval circumference. (MCT VIII D). Relief crisp. Neck and mouth free blown.
Description: Transparent streaked pale and darker manganese colored glass. Irregular inverted piriform body with poor flattened base (vessel cannot stand). Body shaped like a cluster of grapes. Short cylindrical neck with outsplayed rim, folded outward, upward and inward.
Remarks: Bottles in the shape of a naturalistic grape cluster were made in both the Eastern and Western parts of the Roman Empire. Grape cluster bottles from the second century and later are longer than those of the first century. Bottles found in the West usually have two handles, while those of the eastern find spots have no handles.
Provenance: Ex collection David G. Giles, London.
Published: Groen & Rossum 2011, Romeins Glas uit Particulier Bezit, p. 87. Antiek Glas 2001, video film Allard Pierson Museum. Beek 2001, Antiek Glas, Cat. No. 126. Christie’s 8 April 1998, No. 18. Bonhams 10 June 1997, No. 84.
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum, Heerlen (NL), Romeins glas uit particulier bezit, 29 April – 28 August 2011, No. 147. Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (NL), De kunst van het vuur, 17 May-16 September 2001, No. 126
References: Stern 2001, Ernesto Wolf Collection, Nos. 70-71. Saldern 1974, Oppenländer Collection, Nos. 472-473. Loudmer 1985, Collection Monsieur D., No. 279. Sotheby’s 4/5 June 1979, Constable Maxwell Collection, No. 75. Stern 1995, Toledo Museum, No. 119. Bonhams 24 June 1998, No. 186.