Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 4, 2017

Glass blowing revolutionized the Roman glass industry of the first century. It allowed, for the first-time, glass to be sold to the average Roman.  One of the most common shapes was a simple globular bottle decorated with a thin white trail spiraling around the body and bottom of the base. First Century, glass artists were also using colored glass.  The most popular colors were blue, aubergine and amber.  Dark green was rare.  The squat carinated shape is rarer than the globular form.

Below are some two examples of blown glass first century bottles from the Allaire and Hans van Rossum collections.

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Amber Roman Bottle 21R (active link)



Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 2, 2017

32E Cristallo wine glass has a bell-shaped bowl decorated with gadrooning and a thin clear glass thread circling the center. Stem Type: A tall hollow “a jambe” meaning like a leg or cigar-shaped stem rests on a merese (collar). The tall narrow stem rests on a wide circular foot.   H: 15.3 cm, Stem H: 5.0 cm, W: 70.8 grams, D: First half of 17th Century, Ref: Lameris, 1991 #82

87E This is a fine and rare Facon de Venise wine glass. It has a flared bowl with gadrooned base. Stem Type: A wrythen hollow knopped stemon a wrythen hollow knopped stem attached to a conical folded foot. Perhaps English, from one of the Duke of Buckingham’s glass houses or from the Netherlands. H: 15.1 cm, Stem H: 6.0 cm, W: 60.5 grams, D: 1650,  Ref: Treasures in Glass, Allentown Art Museum, 1966 #39

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