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BARREL SHAPED ROMAN (FRONTINUS) BOTTLE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 28, 2018

BARREL SHAPED ROMAN ONE HANDLE BOTTLE

of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

 

Date: 2nd – 3rd century AD. Northwest Empire, Gaul, Normandy.

Dimensions:  H: 17.8 cm. Dmax: 8.6 cm. Drim: 4.2 cm. Dbase: 8.3 cm. Weight: 200 gr.

Classification: Isings 1957: Form 89. Morin-Jean 1913: Form 132. Sennequier 1993: Form HN.15.1. Goethert-Polaschek 1977: Form 121.

Condition: Intact. Some weathering and iridescence.

Technique: Body blown in mold with two vertical sections, each of them including a part of the base section, with a mold-seam in the form of a horse-shoe on the bottom. Mouth and neck free blown. Handle applied.

Description: Transparent bluish green glass. Cylindrical body divided in three horizontal bands of roughly equal height. Top and bottom bands have six continuous horizontal ribs each, the central band is plain and slightly convex. Near horizontal shoulder with rounded edge. Cylindrical neck slightly tapering upwards to horizontal rim. Rim folded out, up and in to form a narrow flange with rounded edge. Infolded part of rim descends into the neck. Flat base with pontil mark and mold-seam in the form of a horse-shoe. Broad handle with two faint side-ribs drawn up from edge of shoulder, bent slightly downwards and attached with a fold to neck and underside of rim. Vertical mold-seams (one adjacent to handle) from lower neck, down the body to underside of bottom.

Remarks: 

(1) This bottle was unearthed in 1875 by Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899), a French archaeologist and collector, who carried out regular excavations in Northwest France. Mr. Bellon marked many of the unearthed objects with find-place and –year and other information. The underside of this bottle carries a sticker with his handwritten text “Amiens 1875”.

(2) According to Stern the horse-shoe formed pattern on the underside of the bottom is characteristic for barrel-shaped bottles made in Normandy (Stern 2001, No. 76). Examination by Gaitzsch and Fullmann-Scholz (Bonner Jahrbücher 2000) of 28 published barrel-shaped bottles with the trademark ECVA on the base shows, that all of them have the horse-shoe mold-seam. Since these bottles were produced in workshops around Cologne (Hambacher Forest), it is reasonable to conclude, that this mold-type was not (only) characteristic for the production in Normandy but (also) for Rhenish products.

Provenance:

Sheikh Saud Bin Mohamed Ali Althani Collection, Doha, Qatar.

Louis-Gabriel Bellon Collection, Saint-Nicolas, France (1819-1899).

Published:

Jack-Philippe Ruellan Enchères 4 April 2009, No. 194., Corinne Helin, August 2016, Louis-Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899) et sa collection d’antiques.

References:

Whitehouse 2001, Corning Museum, No. 589.

Heinemeyer 1966, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf/Hentrich, Nos. 53-54.

Simon-Hernand 2000, Musees de Poitiers, No. 68.

Arveiller-Dulong 1985, Musée Archéologique de Srasbourg, Nos.170-171.

Sennequier 1985, Musée des Antiquités de Rouen, No. 275.

Dilly & Maheo 1997, Musee de Picardie, Nos. 42-45, 48-51, 54-61.

Metropolitan Museum New York, accession number 81.10.73 (also from Amiens).

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