Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


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


The Museum holds archaeological finds from every part of the inhabited world. They range from some of the very oldest – early hominid tools discovered by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge, east Africa – to medieval and post-medieval finds from sites within Cambridge. They include finds from major excavations crucial to the development of archaeological science, such as those conducted by Kathleen Kenyon at Jericho in the Jordan valley, one of the oldest continually occupied cities in the world, and material from Star Carr in Yorkshire, excavated by Grahame Clark over 1949-51. MAA holds one of the finest pre-Columbian collections in Britain, including remarkably preserved early textiles; important prehistoric Arctic materials; wide-ranging collections relating to early research in southern Africa, on rock art among other topics; and – of special interest to Cambridge communities – finds from major Roman cemeteries at Great Chesterford and Litlington, as well as many other prehistoric, Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds from the city and region. (Museum description from maa web site at:

Most of the Ancient glass can be seen at Clarke Hall: Archaeology of Cambridge 

Clarke Hall


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 12, 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK


Fitzwilliam Museum’s glass collection comprises over 1000 pieces. The oldest glass objects in the Department of Applied Arts are beads from the Warring States Period (5th-3rd centuries B.C.) in China. Apart from this, most of the Far Eastern collection of glass comes from the 18th and 19th centuries, and comprises a variety of objects including bowls, jars and bottles. Other significant medieval and early-modern collections of glass include Middle Eastern glass vessels from Syria, Egypt and Persia and late medieval European stained glass. The museum also houses a collection of fine cristallo glass from Venice and Continental Europe as well as later lead-glass drinking glasses and decanters from England. Through the generous gifts of benefactors such as Nicholas and Judith Goodison, the museum also boasts an impressive collection of studio glass. (Description and some of the pictures below taken from museum’s web site.

This is also a wonderful and beautiful general art museum a must visit when in Cambridge.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 8, 2018

From the collection of: Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

Origin: Probably Egypt, Karanis, ~ end 2nd, early 3rd century AD.

Remarks: A rather rare hemispherical bowl made from green glass. The bowl has a splayed out and upward turned everted rim. The typical flaring base-ring seems to be formed from the same parison. This type of bowl is also shown in fresco’s like the ones in Pompeii, Villa Oplontis, or in mosaic work and then filled with fruits. See Naumann-Steckner “Zerbrechlicher Luxus” pg. 47. There are pictures of even larger ones sometimes filled with glassware. See ie. “Tout feu tout sable, pg. 168/169. The shape of these bowls is mostly based on the Terra-Sigillata ones, see ie.: “Zerbrechlicher Luxus, pg. 46. It’s quite understandable that not too many of these bowls survived as these were kind of common tableware.

Dimensions: H = 7 cm.; largest ø 17,7 cm.; ø bowl 14 cm.; ø foot 6 cm.; weight 135,1 grams.

Parallels (ao.): Arts, a collection of ancient glass 500 BC – 500 AD, pg. 67 nr. 63,Foy & Nenna, Tout feu, tout sable, pg. 168-169, nr. 251, (some resemblance), Zabern von, Römisches Glaskunst und Wandmalerei, pg.26, Saldern von, Sammlung Hentrich, pg. 124 nr. 161, Oliver, Ancient glass in the Carnegie museum, Pittsburg, pg. 91 nr. 132, somewhat larger but almost the same, Gorny & Mosch, auction nr. 194, 14-12-2010, nr. 60; auction nr. 243, 2016 nr. 363, auction nr. 248, 30-06-2017, nr. 440, Castello Viscontea, Locarno, in one of the display cabinets, nr.12, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, acc. 24.2.39.

Provenance: By previous owner acquired from the trade on 15-03-1997, old collection sticker ar.38, Acquired from the estate of the deceased owner Cl., 11-02-2017.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 6, 2018

Photos and Suggested Post by  Hans van Rossum

Glass Pavilion Eretz Museum
The Eretz Israel Glass Pavilion is part of the Eretz Museum in Tel Aviv. The Pavilion takes the visitors on a unique journey through time, traveling back thousands of years to the earliest days of glassmaking. The exhibition is divided into three sections, representing three eras in the history of glass production: pre-blown glass (Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic period—15th-1st centuries BCE), blown glass of the Roman and Byzantine periods (1st–7th centuries CE); and blown glass of the Islamic period (7th–15th centuries CE). Two rare vessels on display are a delicate drinking horn with two openings, known by its Greek name “rhyton”, and “Ennion’s Blue Jug” bearing the signature of its maker, who lived in the first half of the 1st century CE. Most of the glass was donated from a private collection of Dr. Walter Moses, who founded the Eretz Israel Museum in 1958, this rare and beautiful assemblage of glass has been enhanced over the years by exciting new acquisitions and significant donations. Among the unique features are fragile relics of glass dating from biblical times, as well as some of the earliest blown glass discovered from the Roman period. One of the most impressive collections of Ancient (Roman) Glass of the world, exhibited in a fascinating architectural building. Link to Eretz Museum in Tel Aviv & link to Glass Pavilion


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 4, 2018

Hellenistic Goldband Alabastron of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

Date: Late 1st century BC – early 1st century AD. Eastern Mediterranean. Size: H: 14.3 cm. Dmax: 1.9 cm. Drim: 1.5 cm. Weight: 53 gr.

Classification: Oliver JGS 1967: characteristics of both types A and B.

Condition: Intact. Few hardly visible fissures. Weathering and iridescence.

Technique: Rodformed, fused and pinched/tooled to create the wavy pattern. Possibly polished.

Description: Translucent glass in various colors. Canes or strips of colorless sandwiched gold leaf glass, translucent turquoise, medium blue, yellow-brown and amethyst colored glass fused together and tooled into a wavy pattern. Cylindrical body with straight, upward tapering walls and convex pointed bottom. Ground and bevelled interior rim allowing to insert a removable neck piece.

Remarks: In JGS 1967 Andrew Oliver Jr. discussed and catalogued this type of alabastron and divided it into types A and B. This division was not based on age or rarity but purely on differences in style. Group A has a tall, slender body with a very slight taper. Group B is smaller with a more pronounced taper and the colored bands are narrower, more numerous and more tightly wound. This alabastron has characteristics of both types. The pattern of the colored bands seems to relate to group A but the flecks of gold leaf appears exclusively in the colorless glass, which is typical for group B. It is much longer than examples in group B and comparable to the small example in group A. It is without the pronounced taper of group B but is not so pointed at the tip as one would expect in group A. Two renowned experts/authors of ancient glass have examined the alabastron and given their opinion in written reports.

Provenance: David Aaron Ancient Arts, London, UK., Private Dutch collection, 1980’s.

Published: Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen 24-09-2011, No. 2.

Reference: Goldstein 1979, The Corning Museum, No. 584., Stern 1994, Ernesto Wolf Collection, No. 88., Miho 2001, The Miho Museum, No. 124., Tait 1991, The British Museum, p. 57., Saldern et al. 1974, Erwin Oppenländer Collection, No. 270., Wight 2011, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Fig. 29., The Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession number 17.194.284., The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, accession number 1941.1099., The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number 98.938.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 2, 2018


Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority. Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace.

The purpose of this page is to highlight the glass collections in The Louvre which covers from 2000BC to the present.  The main focuses will be their wonderful ancient Roman collection and Venetian and Facon de Venise.

To see pictures of  the glass click on these ACTIVE LINKS: Roman Glass at the Louvre  &  French,Venetian & Facon de Venise Glass at The Louvre

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