Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


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

In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects. As a reminder of baptism, Catholic Christians dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Holy water is kept in a font, which is typically located at the entrance to a church (or sometimes in a separate room or building called a baptistery). A smaller vessel for Holy water, called stoup, is usually placed on a wall near the entrances of the church. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and private home which had a chapel in them. Below are two examples of stoups from the Allaire collection number 28E, 100E and two additional pictures from other sources.


28E Holy Water Stoup, Spanish with a cross finial 18th Century

28E Holy Water Stoup, Spanish with a cross finial 18th Century

H: 9 1/2 in.
18th Century

This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy water in a Roman Catholic Church. It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.
Ref: Hermitage #34, #16


100E Holy-water Stoup Low Countries C.1760

100E Holy-water Stoup Low Countries C.1760

C. 1760
H: 26 cm

This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing. The double bowl fans out to a wide rim. The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.
Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)

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