Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


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

(72R) Allaire collection

ROMAN GLASS BEAKER H: 10.2 cm, Rim D: 8.5 cm, Date: 1st – early 2nd century, Possibly Western


The beaker is made of colorless glass with a slight greenish tint and has a hint of iridescence.  It was blown with ribs applied to the parison, inflated further and a thin trail applied below rim.  The 15 ribs are straight with a very slight swirl.



Reference: Glaser Der Antike, Sammlung Erwin Opperlander, 1974 #650, Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum, Vol 2, 2001 #657 (Swirled ribs), Ancient Glass, Charles Ede Limited, 2006 #24 (swirled ribs)


Roman Glass Pilgrim or Lentoid Flask

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

50R Pilgrim Flask H: 13.8 cm Date: 3rd to 4th Century

 Remarks:This late Roman glass is a colorless pilgrim flask with blue handles.  It is called this because of its flattened shape making it easy to slip into a bag carried by a traveler.

Published: Solid Liquid Catalogue (#188 p. 103) ex. Shalom Collection

Ref: Kofler Truniger #44, EDE #7-49, Benzian Collection #101, Newark # 171, #459, Mersey Side #A20, Royal Ontario #389, Barakat p. 9

Also see Venetian pilgrim flask click on the link below

Facon de Venise Glass Pilgrim Flask


Late Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

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

Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

This is a Roman flask of colorless glass.  It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim.  Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern.  This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.

H: 10.5 cm

Fourth Century

Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 23, 2018

(79R) Aubergine Sprinkler The Allaire Collection

Date: 3rd – 4th Century Height: 8 cm, Diameter: of rim 3.5 cm Condition: Very good


Remarks:This small and delicate sprinkler flask was blown of pale aubergine glass.  The bulbous body is decorated with six vertically pinched ribs tapering off near the bottom of the vessel.  The plain narrow neck splays out at the rim, the thin lip edge turned under. No pontil mark.  It is fairly common to find glass sprinkler flasks with pinched ribs from the Eastern Provinces and many have been classified as pomegranate-shaped. These often show tiny toes protruding from the base.

References: Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Blass Vol. III, #1155, P.151, Ancient Glass, Charles Ede Ltd, May 1993 #3, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, 2003, #279, 280 P. 226, ( live link) Pomegranate Sprinkler from The Augustinus Collection on web site.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 21, 2018

(78R) The Allaire Collection

Date: 3rd C. AD From: Eastern Mediterranean Height: 13 cm Condition: Intact. Some very light iridescence


Description: Pale aquamarine pitcher has a piriform shape widening out to the bottom.  The concave base shows a pontil mark.  The applied handle reaches from the shoulder up to the mouth ending with a single overlap.  The faint dot decoration was formed by first mold blowing then removed and further inflated.


References: Christie’s July 11, 1984, Lot #9, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorf, 2010, P225, Ancient Glass in Yale University Art Gallery, Susan B. Matheson, 1980, #281


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

Antique Glass Bottles  From The Allaire Collection

The earliest glass bottles were produced in Egypt, Syria, Greece and Cyprus as early as 1500 BC using the core forming techniques. Around 50 BC, probably in Syria, the discovery of the blowpipe and the technique of glass blowing made the blown bottle possible. The following examples from the Allaire Collection of Glass illustrate various examples from 6 BC to 1850. To see all of the American glass bottles go to AMERICAN EARLY GLASS in The Allaire Collection.

Click on the photo to enlarge. Read the write-up for each glass bottle by looking up the number with the letter (A,E, or R) in the search bar. Search Bar is found on the right side at the bottom of, “The Pages”.


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

(51E) The Allaire Collection

Date: 5th-7th Century AD,   H: 15cm


Remarks: This Frankish or Merovingian bell beaker has a wrythen-molded body in yellow glass with a fine opaque white trailing wrapped around the top and bottom. The Roman glassmaking industry in Europe slowly died out from the fourth century after which all but the simplest glassmaking techniques were used to make glass. Glass of the Migration Period and later the Middle Ages is from 6th-14th C.

Ref: Glass of the Dark Ages #13, Merseyside County Museum # B4, Sotheby’s London November 20,1987 #31


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

(77R) The Allaire Collection


77R Blue Acetabulum

Date: 1st C. AD From: Eastern Mediterranean probably Italy Dimensions: H: 4cm  D: 7cm


Description:  Free blown dark blue glass hemispherical cup with high protruding rim and folded flange. Inside the rim the wall curves in creating a narrow ledge. Base ring no pontil mark.

Condition: Complete with silvery iridescence

References: Glass with a Divine Touch, Frides Lameris Glass and Antiques, 2017, #63, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, 2011, p. 40, Fire and Sand, Princeton University, 2012, #138

Remarks:  Romans often drank a mixture of vinegar and water and had a special container for this called an acetabulum. This is from the Latin acetum (vinegar) and abulum the suffix denoting a small vessel.   Today the word is used only as a medical term to describe the cup-like shape in your hip that the thigh bone sits in. Usually made of pottery, some in the first Century, as in this example were made of glass and often found in Italian graves.  Below are three examples found on this site.







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


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Date: 1st to 2nd century A.D. | Isings: form: 42 a/b | Kisa: Formentafel G 417.

Size: ­ 4.4 cm | Ø Mouth : 9.7 cm | Ø Base facet: 6.5cm| ­foot: 1.2 cm | Weight: 69 g  |


Description: Small bell-shaped bowl on heavy foot made of transparent glass; rim everted and folded down with rounded lip; base flat with high footring placed in a conical position, rounded as well; pontil mark visible.

Technique: Free blown, rim everted, pushed down and rounded. with footring made by folding; slight constriction where body and footring meet.

Condition: Complete with no cracks or bubbles, sign of time and adhering sand.

Reference: Whitehouse, CMG vol II, no: 646, p 139, formerly in the Strauss Collection. Bomford Collection, Bristol Museum, no: 98, p 26. Called: a common Mediterranean type.

Provenance: From a private dutch collection, previously unpublished.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 10, 2018

Roman Glass Trulla

From The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

Date: Late 1st – early 2nd century A.D. Size: H = 6.7 cm, D = 10.0 cm (rim), 16.6 cm (incl.handle),


Classification:Isings (1957), form 75b

Provenance: Collection David Giles London (UK)

Description: Deep cup of thin yellowish-green color free blown. Handle with streaks of opaque white glass. Wall descends vertically then tapering to flat slightly hollowed base. Short flattish rim with reworked lip. Body decorated with a thin glass thread started from base in 16 revolutions from bottom left to upper right. Long flat horizontal ‘fishtail’ handle attached to lip, made of a drawn-out end, pinched out with pincer-marks on top and bottom, and loose end folded on underside; widening at attachment with lip. No pontil mark present.

Condition: Intact

Remarks: Pans with handles were widely used in the Roman world, serving as ritual objects in religious ceremonies (D.Whitehouse 1997) and in sets of vessels for drinking (Hilgers 1969)

Published: 2008 A collection of Ancient Glass Paul E. Cuperus (NL), 2011 Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit (Van der Groen & Van Rossum, NL)

Exhibited: 2011 Thermen Museum Heerlen (NL), ‘Roman Glass from Private collections’, 29th April – 28th August, expo no. 256

References: Musée du Louvre, no. 36; Hayes, nr,148; Massabo, no. 72; Römisch-Germanisches, Museum Cologne (La Baume no. 232); Lancel (1967), no.196  (with thread decoration); Gallo-Romeins Museum Tongeren (with thread decoration)

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