Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 20, 2017




Late 2nd – early 1st century BC. Near East (Alexandria?) or Italy.

H= 8,6 cm. D max= 19,3 cm. D rim= 11,2 cm. D base= 7,6 cm.
Weight 320 gr.

Classification: Andrew Oliver Jr. 1967: Type A.

Condition: Intact. Tiny chips to upside handles.

Technique: Cast, ground, lathe-cut and polished.

Description: Semi-translucent colorless glass with a yellowish grey tinge.  The hemispherical body on a low outsplayed ring foot. Rim cracked off and ground. The integral ring handles with flat horizontal upper and down-curved lower plates, aligned with the rim above. Vertical wheel-cut grooves on body where upper handles merge with the vessel’s rim.

Remarks: Glass skyphoi were cast in molds in one piece with their handles and feet.  On the vessel’s cooling, the orifices in the handles, their further details and the feet were finished by chiseling and cutting. Subsequently the vessel was ground and polished on a lathe. Colorless glass was often chosen deliberately to imitate rock-crystal. The handles were designed to be held with the thumb, forefinger and middle finger. Most skyphoi were made from metals: gold, silver or bronze.

Published: Christies 8 June 2004, No. 11.

References: Kunina 1997, Hermitage Museum, No. 57., Saldern 1968, Boston Museum, No. 10. ,Christies 12 June 2002, No. 170.
Arveiller-Dulong 2000, Louvre Museum, No. 208., Fortuna Fine Arts 2009, After Twenty Years, No. 10.

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