Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 10, 2019


 ROMAN GLASS BEAKER of  The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Date: 4-6th C Size: ↑ 9.4 cm | Ø Mouth : 10.3 cm | Ø Base: 5.3cm | Weight: 143 g |

A Kisa: form 380, Gallo-Roman era

Technique: Probably blown into a mold, rim knocked off and slightly polished, wheel engraved line

Description: Translucent white to yellow-green, rather thin, glass, weathered and with golden irisation on the inside and outside, sand encrusted; two wheel-engraved lines, one at 0.41 cm from the mouth, second one at 3.44 cm from below; bottom indented to create a standing ring; with traces of a possible pontil mark.

Condition: Delivered in complete and uncleaned condition, with no cracks, but sand encrusted and with a very fine layer of a golden irisation allover.

Remarks: A close parallel is a beaker from the collection of Louis Gabriel Bellon (1819-1899) inventory number 575*, height 8 cm, with a similar shape and mouth, also translucent in color and with wheel-engraved lines.

Fremersdorf presents in Die Farblose Glaeser der Fruehzeit in Koeln (1957) a beaker with a height of 12,5 cm and a diameter at the mouth of 11,8 cm, wheel cut lines and a form of shape of the cup ending almost straight at the mouth, as is the case with the example in the Augustinus collection.

Susan H. Auth states in Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum about a colorless – blue green cup, (50.1873) of the 3rd. century and found in Cologne: ‘probably the simplest shape of drinking vessel with flattened base and knocked off rim, that could have been quickly produced by Roman glass shops’. However she does not mention the possibility of blowing the beakers into a mold. Isings describes in Roman Glass from dated finds (1957) similar cups from the third century, but with slightly outsplayed rim, as does the french writer Sennequier in Verreries Antiques, where profile drawings of the cups and beakers of the Gallo-Roman era do variate at the mouth from widely outsplayed to almost straight.

Reference: *Collection of L.G. Bellon, sale-catalogue 2009, no 205.

Kisa, slight variation in form to no: 380; Fremersdorf, 1957, vol. XIX, p. 7, inv. No 6004; Isings variation to form: 29, 3rd. c. A.D.;  Auth, 1976, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum nr. 50.1873  Goethert-Polaschek, 1977, 72, nr 302, Taf. 42; Sennequier, Verreries Antiques, no 298, p 110-112.

Provenance: From a private dutch collection, previously unpublished;

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