Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 16, 2019




Date: 3rd – 4th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean Size:↑8.6 cm | ø  6.5 cm | Weight 75 g

Technique: Free blown, tooled; glass coil applied

Condition: Perfect condition, colorful iridescence

Description: Transparent manganese glass for the squat pear-shaped body; cylindrical neck with constriction and inner diaphragm at base to control the pouring and evaporation of the costly liquid within. On the lower part of the shoulder a heavy coil ring of pale opaque green glass is encircling the body, started up with a drop and ending in a thin thread, completing the circle.

The zigzag glass coil decoration started with a drop on the bottom, making a circle by passing the drop, drawn up to make seven zigzag resolutions. The top of the zigzag melted with the encircled coil. Cylindrical neck, flaring mouth; rim folded inward. Indented base, small rest of pontil mark.

Remarks: The way in which this sprinkler flask has been decorated is exceedingly rare or probably                      unique for this type of a sprinkler. Only one, more and less, similar way of decorating could be found, part of a small jug dated in the 4th century AD.

Provenance: Ex collection Mr. an Mrs. Nobili Paris,  collection number 25

Published: Histoire du Verre l’Antiquité, F. Slitine p. 84

Reference: Antiquities and Islamic Works of Art – Glass from the Ray Winfield Smith Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, 2 May 1975 lot no. 243 for a small jug with a similar decoration.

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