Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 5, 2018



 Both jugs found near Jenin (Samaria-Israel) from Late 3rd century – early 4th century AD


Below is information on the two Roman glass jugs (see A and B)

Jug A

Size↑18.5 cm | ø 10.0 cm | Weight 188 g

Technique: Free blown, handle, foot and coils applied; tooled

Classification: Isings 1957 form 121a (variant)

Description: Transparent green glass, ovoid body standing on a splayed foot, cylindrical neck, trailed trefoil lip, broad and heavy angular strap-handle applied on the shoulder and attached to the rim. A coil ring is encircling the base of the neck. No pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, perfect condition, some colorful spots of iridescence on the body

Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities – Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2004

Reference: Bonhams London, auction 12 July 2000 lot 70, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina no. 261, Sotheby’s London,  auction 12 June 1997 lot 213, Ancient and Islamic Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, A. Oliver Jr. no. 157, Charles Ede London Ltd. General Antiquities Catalogue 183 (2011) no. 33, Christie’s New York, auction 8 June 2012 (Wunsch Foundation) lot 160
Jean-David Cahn AG, Auktion 4 19. Oktober 2002 no. 377

Jug B

ize↑15.0 cm | ø 9.4 cm | Weight 182 g

Technique: Free blown, handle and coils applied; tooled

Description: Translucent moss green glass, squat piriform body, cylindrical neck, mouth with trefoil folded lip. Base indented with rest of pontil. Ribbed handle, applied on shoulder, drawn up and down, terminating in fold to underside rim. Body with twelve ribs, pinched lengthwise, ribs differ in terms of their direction, sharpness and distance between them. Trail wound below rim and at bottom of neck.
Condition: Intact, some weathering

Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities, Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2004

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 109, 29 April – 28 August 2011

Reference: Sotheby’s New York, auction 13 June 1996 lot 160, Bonhams London, auction 21 October 1999 lot 74, The Barakat Gallery, a Catalogue of the Collection, no. GF 107, p. 113 (also said to be found in Samaria – Israel), Les Verres Antiques du Musée du Louvre II, V. Arveiller-Dulong & M.D. Nenna no. 1004, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Collection of Mediterranean Antiquities, B. Caron & P. Zoïtopoúlou no. 116, Musées d´Art et d´Histoire, Ville de Geneve, inv. no. 018596

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