Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


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


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

                                              Of the 3rd to 4th century AD or possibly later. Morin-Jean form no 43,

Size: ↑ 15.8 cm | Ø body:10.8 x 5.85 cm | Ø Mouth : 5.2 cm | Ø Base facet: 5.3 cm| Weight: 158 g |


Description: Flask of translucent, almost opaque blue glass: lens–shaped circular body; rim out-splayed; long cylindrical neck; two opposed handles, of a slightly different and clearer blue, pulled up from the shoulder towards half way to the neck where they are joined to a glass ring, from where a thread in three windings is brought up to the rim; base flattened and with a (seemingly lost) pontil-mark where there now is a hole.

Technique: Blown into a mold with no decoration. Rim everted and rounded. The handles, ring and rim  were applied in a slightly darker color blue. Susan Auth suggests that the pilgrim-flasks were made by blowing a standard bottle consequently compressing it into a flat-side circle.


Condition: Intact but with a whole in the bottom; very heavy black and white chalky weathering from probably its original content. Analysis proofs that the white substance is a carbonate white lead, (Pb(OH)2), a poison made up in ancient times, also used to conserve and sweeten food. The blue glass itself is iridescent with plenty of elongated bubbles.


Remarks: Neck longer than usual as seen with pilgrim-flasks from the 3rd. to 4th. century. The handles coming together in a ring of glass.  The position of the neck is also a characteristic of this era. Concerning the use of the color opaque-blue, it may be exceptional and belonging to a later date than the 3rd. to 4th. century AD.


Reference: Bomford Collection, Museum of Bristol, no: 64, p 21. 1st century AD; Roemisch-Germanisches Museum Koeln, Glas der Antiken Welt I, D76, Tafel 14,1; Loeschcke, Sammlung Niessen, Nr 1105, Tafel 45; Zahn, Sammlung Baurat Schiller, Nr 202, Tafel 10; Auth, Newark Museum, Nr 459, p 220; Allaire Collection, (active link) #50R, ex Shalom Collection; Charles Ede, London, catalogue #7-49.(Active link) Bijnsdorp Collection 2010, no NFB 170., Hans van Rossum  (active link) LENTOID BOTTLE.


Provenance: From a private dutch collection, previously unpublished;

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  1. Hans van Rossum said, on October 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Titus, wat een bijzonder exemplaar is dit, what a exceptional example of Roman Glass…beautiful!!


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