Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 11, 2019

Shortly after the discovery of how to make glass, workers began using coloring agents to make their vessels and decorating them.  In some cases, to improve aesthetics they chose contrasting glass colors to show off the handles or to display decorative trailing. During the manufacture of a vessel and while it was still hot the maker dropped a molten glob of glass upon the body where it was drawn out into  patterns or applied as a handle.  Polychrome and strongly colored glass were common throughout the Roman period in the glass-making industry.

The following pictures show examples from the Allaire collection and the private collectors on this blog to illustrate various styles of brightly colored vessels and those decorated with contrasting colors of glass. All of these examples are from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods.

Click on the photo to enlarge. To read the write-up for each glass vessel click on the active link on the name of the individual collector.  This will take you to each collector’s page. Once you are on their page scroll down until you find the glass you are interested in and then click the title above the picture.  This will take you to the write-up.  To get back to this page use the back arrow on your browser.


The Allaire Collection of Roman Glass


Hans van Rossum Collection


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

David Giles Collection

Nico F. Bijnsdorp Collection


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass


Joop van der Groen Collection


Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen Collection

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