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POMEGRANATE-SHAPED SPRINKLER

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 13, 2018

ROMAN GLASS POMEGRANATE-SHAPED SPRINKLER

of Hans van Rossum

First half of 4th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean, Syria

 Size↑9.7 cm | ø 6.6 cm | Weight 76 g

Technique:Free blown, pinched ribs and toes; coil applied

Description: Transparent pale amber glass, squat globular body with five vertical ribs, made by pinching and topped by tooled knobs. Base with five similar pinched glass ‘toes’, no pontil mark. A broad splayed lip with in-folded rim, beneath with a turquoise transparent trail of glass which was added as a highlight. Like all sprinkler flasks this specimen has a tooled diaphragm with a hole at the base of the neck.

Condition: Intact and clear, perfect condition

Remarks: The pinched ribs and small ring of pinched toes forming the base of these vessels evoke pomegranates, visible by turning them. The popularity of pomegranate-shaped sprinklers may have been inspired by the fruit’s symbolic associations with beauty and fertility.

Provenance: collection C.A. Hessing, Laren (NL) 25 May 1998, acquired in the 1990s, collection number 33 Amsterdam art market, Kunsthandel Aalderink 1993

Published: Antiek Glas, de Kunst van het Vuur, R. van Beek no. 68, ill. 7

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, exp. no. 128 29 April – 28 August 2011, Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam (NL), de Kunst van het Vuur, exp. no. 68 17 May – 16 September 2001

Reference: Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, S.H. Auth no. 149, inv. no. 50.1502 Roman, Byzantine and Early-Medieval Glass, Ernesto Wolf Collection, E.M. Stern no. 136 Solid Liquid, Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. no. 194 Vom Luxusobjekt zum Gebrauchs-gefäβ, M. Honroth no. 133 La fragilitat en el temps. El vidre a l’antiguitat, T.C. Rossell no. 89,  Allaire Collection 47R

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