Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 31, 2018

Remarks: Karanis (1st BC to 5th C) was mainly a agricultural town which expanded in prosperity after Augustus conquered Egypt in the 1st century and well into the 2nd century. The archaeological site of Karanis was active from 1924 to 1935.  The following pictures below shows details of this magnificent collection in Gallery 138. Most of this glass was manufactured during the 3rd-4th centuries.  Additional glass at METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (NEW YORK).



Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 29, 2018

 Purple Roman Grape Bottle


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

Date: 3rd century AD  Size: H = 14.0 cm Dia = 6.3 cm


Description:  The body of the (light) purple bottle is blown in a three-part mold . The two vertical seams are still visible. Eleven rows horizontally stylized grapes. The pattern is irregular. At the bottom  remains of the pontil. The neck and mouth are free blown, and upon reheating the double edge near the rim became slumped.

Remarks:  This type of grapes bottles was mainly produced in yellow brown, bluish green, the purple color is less common. There are bottles with only rows of grapes, but also with on both sides a grape leaf (slightly earlier date than the first). And other types with one or two handles. The function of this bottle is not entirely sure, probably it has been used as a small wine decanter on the table.

Classification: Stern (1995), Stylized Grape Bottles, series C

Condition: intact

Provenance:  2008 Carlo Perrone-Capano collection

Exhibited: 2011/2012 Museum Honig Breethuis Zaandijk )NL) no. 26

Reference: The Israel Museum (Y. Israeli 2003, no. 414); The Toledo Museum (Stern 1995, no. 128)



Roman Dark Green Glass Bowl

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 27, 2018

34R Small Islamic Green Glass Dish or bowl

34R Small Roman Green Glass Dish or bowl H: 3.5 cm Fourth Century or later

Remarks:This is a palm size dish or bowl may have had a lid.  It is made of thickly blown dark green glass with many trapped air bubbles. It is late Roman or Islamic.

Small Hexagonal Roman Glass Bottle

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 25, 2018

R33 Date: Second to Third Century  H: 9 cm


Remark: The olive-green color of this hexagonal bottle and its diminutive size make it an unusual example.  Probably made in the Second or Third Century, it differs from the later Byzantine t ypes by its thinly blown sides and precise mold markings on the bottom.  The base of the vessel is molded in relief with six spokes radiating from a central boss, each termination with a raised dot.  It has been suggested that this type may have been made in the Western Provinces



Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 24, 2018

Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe

This is an Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe. It is made of fine leaded glass in a clean and pleasing shape. The carafe was made by Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd in, England. In 1834 James Powell (1774–1840), purchased the Whitefriars Glass Company, a small glassworks off Fleet Street in London, believed to have been established in 1680. The company, mainly known for manufacturing stained glass windows, provided glass to other stained glass firms and a wide range of other handmade glassware. The Whitefriars Co. closed in 1980.

H: 5 ¼ inches
D: 1880


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 22, 2018


Remark: The Arts and crafts movement (1861-1914) was initiated by John Ruskin (1819-1900). This British philosopher and art historian deplored the effect that industry had on society and the arts.  Ruskin called for a return to handmade objects and medieval-style craft guilds.  He also sought social reforms.  British designers, such as William Morris (1834-1896), put Ruskin’s ideals into practice, From England, the Arts and Crafts movement spread to the United States. (Taken from the display at CMoG)


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 19, 2018

UNGUENTARIUM with knobs of Hans van Rossum

1st century AD | Roman Empire, Size ↑7.7 cm | ø 2.1 cm Weight 12 g

Technique: Free blown, tooled

Description: Bluish green glass, globular body with 20 massive knobs, long cylindrical neck, extremely heavy and flattened rim, folded inward, small opening.

Condition: Intact, was broken and restored

Remarks: A bottle with a body decorated with knobs and shaped like Hercules’ Club is not only unique but exceedingly rare.

Provenance: Antiquities dealer London, April 2018

Before Restoration

After Restoration


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 18, 2018

Hot Glass Show on a Barge in Brooklyn Bridge Park, May 17, 2018

It was a cool day with the threat of rain on at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  This didn’t dampen the excitement of the first kick off show of a four-month tour of the Glass Barge celebrating the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning.  Below are pre-show pictures of this event. For better pictures see the link from CMoG at the end of this post.



Additional information taken from The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) web site.

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today launches GlassBarge through May 28 at One°15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, kicking off a four-month tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning. GlassBarge is offering free public glassblowing demonstrations aboard a 30’ x 80’ canal barge specially equipped with the Museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. Following its debut in New York City, GlassBarge will then travel north on the Hudson River, and westward along the Erie Canal, stopping in Yonkers, Kingston, the Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester areas, and Buffalo, among other cities.

A flotilla of historic ships will accompany GlassBarge throughout the summer, including the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1862 canal barge, and the C.L. Churchill, a 1964 tugboat, both part of the permanent collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Educators from the Maritime Museum will also share the story of canal life in the 19th century and how materials were shipped on New York’s waterways. Throughout its voyage, GlassBarge is under the flag of the South Street Seaport Museum and will be accompanied by the Museum’s historic tug W.O. Decker on the Erie Canal.

GlassBarge launch in Brooklyn.

GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company—now known as Corning Incorporated—via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, which would become a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the recreation of the 1868 barge voyage emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial (2017-2025).

“We are thrilled to officially launch GlassBarge, a unique project that embodies the Museum’s dedication to educational programing outreach and celebrates the history of glass with new audiences throughout the state,” said Karol Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass. “We are very grateful to our many supporters, especially Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council, without which the project would not have been possible.”

“The 1868 journey on New York’s waterways set in motion 150 years of innovation in Corning that has shaped the modern world. We’re so excited to tell that story beginning in Brooklyn Bridge Park, mere blocks from where it began—and on a canal barge, no less!” said Rob Cassetti, Senior Director of Creative Strategy and Audience Engagement for The Corning Museum of Glass. GlassBarge launch in Brooklyn. “While our team of gaffers (glassmakers) always welcomes the opportunity to share the art of glass with new audiences, we’re particularly eager to fire up the furnaces to 2100° on the East River today and kick off a summer of glassblowing on the waterways of New York!” said Steve Gibbs, Senior Manager of Hot Glass Business and Technology Development. “GlassBarge will officially open with the cutting of a hot-glass ribbon stretched across the barge, after which visitors will have the opportunity to see our glassmakers demonstrate how to shape glowing globs of molten glass into vases, bowls, and sculptures.”

GlassBarge will visit ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Waterford, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen, among others. A ceremonial last leg of the trip by land concludes in Corning with a community-wide celebration on September 22. In total, GlassBarge will travel to nearly 30 cities and towns, offering glassblowing demonstrations at each port. A full summer schedule is available at

The GlassBarge journey is also being celebrated in Corning with a reinstallation of the Crystal City Gallery, which also commemorates the 150th anniversary of glassmaking in Corning. The narratives explored in the Crystal City Gallery tell how the city became one of the premier centers for glass cutting in the United States, a trend in American luxury glass that developed as the Corning Glass Works was becoming established in its new home.

Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 17, 2018

Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker of the Allaire Collection

This Merovingian bell beaker is made of light yellow-green glass. It has a rounded and broad bottom and outward and upwardly flaring profile to the plain rim. Distinct pattern molded vertical ribs are noticeable on the body. Intact, with areas of encrustation and iridescent highlights. Ex. Martin Wunsch collection, NY

H: 10.3 cm
D: 6th Century AD
Ref: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in Corning Museum of Glass, volume 2 # 614 P. 116-117, E. Marianne Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and early Medieval Glass 10 BCE- 700 CE.,#198

117E Merovingian trailed bell beaker

117E Merovingian bell beaker

Single-Handled Roman Glass Pitcher

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 15, 2018

31R Single Handled Pitcher

Remark:The natural colored blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathered and appears as it would have looked just after being manufactured in the First Century.  The simple ovoid body is accented by a ring base.  The precise handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.

Hight: 13 cm

Date:First Century

Ref: Ancient Collection De Monsieur D Auction Paris 1985 #477 & 478, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, Nina Kunina, 1997 #143

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