Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

CHAIN TRAILING ON ROMAN GLASS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 11, 2018

Chain trailing is one of many variations in style and art used to decorate glasses to improve their function and beauty. Many of these variations have been used through out the history of glassmaking.

Chain trailing is a pattern of applied decoration where intersecting threads are laid on the body of the vessel resembling links of a chain (sometimes called spectacle decoration).  Glassmakers have used this style  of decoration since Roman times.  It seems to have been most popular in Middle Eastern manufacturing areas during late Roman & Byzantine periods.

The following pictures show examples from the Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen collection, Hans van Rossum collection and Allaire collection, to illustrate various styles of chain decoration.

BYZANTIUM FLASK

BYZANTIUM FLASK of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

DECORATED SMALL FLASK 2

LATE ROMAN SMALL DECORATED FLASK of  Hans van Rossum

 

Decorated Juglet

DECORATED JUGLET of  Hans van Rossum

 

49R Bottle 5-6th C

49R Late Roman Bottle with Chain Decoration 5-6th C
51R Jar 4th C
51R Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration 4th C
52R Bottle 4th C
52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

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