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ROMAN OPAQUE BLUE GLASS JUG

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 23, 2017

ROMAN OPAQUE BLUE GLASS JUG of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

First century AD. Italian.

H: 15.9 cm. Dmax:10.2 cm. Drim: 7.6 cm. Dbase: 5.2 cm. Weight: 209 gr.

Condition: Repaired from fragments with areas of restoration.

Technique: Body free blown. Foot and handle applied.

Description: Opaque cobalt blue glass with a swirling grain pattern of lighter blue. Flaring rim rounded and thickened in flame. Short neck tapering to and merging with upper body that strongly widens towards the shoulder. From the shoulder the body rounds gently towards the bottom, giving the jug a bi-conical appearance. Conical ring foot and handle applied. Wide attachment (4.7 cm) of handle to the rim. From attachment the handle narrows towards the angle and further down, broadens towards attachment to shoulder, folds into a fine tapering trail back up the middle of the handle to the very top at the rim.

Remarks: Only one, almost identical parallel in glass in known in the J. Paul Getty Museum, object number 2003.476. This jug was earlier in the Constable Maxwell Collection (1974-1988) and the Erwin Oppenländer Collection ( 1988-2003). Metal jugs of this form were rather common in Pompei in the first century AD.

J. Paul Getty Museum, object number 2003.476

Provenance: The David and Jennifer Giles Collection, London, UK.,The Hans Lutz Romanowsky Collection, Berlin, Germany, 1984. ,Arete Ancient Art Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland before 1984.

References: Wight 2011, J. Paul Getty Museum, p. 116., Sotheby 4/5 June 1979, Constable Maxwell Collection, No. 110.

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