Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 29, 2019

AMPHORA of Hans van Rossum

Date: 1st century AD | Eastern Mediterranean; Syria-Palestine

Size: ↑9.3 cm | 6.2 ø  cm | Weight  44 g

Technique: Free blown, handles applied

Condition: Intact and a perfect condition

Description: Transparent cobalt blue glass, pear-shaped body, long cylindrical neck with constriction at the base. Rim folded outward and inward. Two bifurcated handles of light blue opaque glass applied to the shoulder, drawn up, folded down and attached to upper part of neck, just below rim. Slightly indented base, no pontil.

Remarks: This gorgeous small amphora is exceptional because of the shape, in combination with the cobalt blue color of the body and the light blue opaque color of the handles.

Provenance: Mr. David and Mrs. Jennifer Giles, London (2002-2019) Christopher Sheppard, London 21th June 2002 Ex collection Jill Dilliston, Paris – collection number 61. Jill was an assistant of Chris Sheppard in the 1970’s-1980’s.

Reference: A good parallel couldn’t be found Ancient Glass and various Antiquities in the Frits Lugt Collection, R. B. Halbertsma no. 35 for a similar example but with a spherical body – H = 8.3 cm Christie’s London, auction Antiquities 1 October 2015 lot no. 185 – H = 7.0 cm Gorny & Mosch Munich, Auktion Kunst der Antike no. 227, 17. Dezember 2014 lot                             no. 113 for a similar example but with a spherical body – H = 6.8 cm Gläser der Antike, Sammlung Oppenländer, A. von Saldern no. 542 for a similar example but with a spherical body – H = 8.0 cm Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, 14 December 1978 lot   no. 34 for a similar example but with a spherical body – H = 8.1 cm


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 26, 2019



The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Photo: AcoaG.63

 Date: Late III – IV century A.D. Form:  Kisa:  F364  |  Moirin Jean: 73

Size: ↑9.8 cm | Ø body:10.4 cm | Ø Mouth : 7.9 cm | Ø Base max: 6.2cm| Weight: 124.8 g


AcoaG 63.a – g | Roman Glass Bowl with hunting scene. Illustrations by AcoaG 2019.

Description: Spherical bottle with wide, low neck of translucent glass with a greenish to golden-yellow tint; skillfully engraved hunter with bow and four animals in bush like scenery. A male or female hunter, dressed in tunic and boots, holds a bow in the left hand directed to four animals; the right hand is pointed upwards as if an arrow has just been released towards: 1. a doe looking backwards to the hunter, 2. a stag grazing and in no hurry, 3. and 4. two stags running to the right; all decorated with clumps of foliage resembling palmettos.

Photo of bottom of jar AcoaG.63

Technique: Blown, cut off rim  and with an abraded pontilmark as a centrepiece turned into a stylized flower with 10 petals on the bottom; skillfully engraved in one line of thickness, as it is for the total of the depicted scenery.

Condition: Complete, with pieces broken off from the rim. One crack, leading from the figure holding the bow to the rim. Few small and some larger bubbles all over the glass. Weathered and iridescent, sand encrusted, almost impossible to look through and experience the well executed scenery of a mythological and literary background.

Remarks: In comparison to a jar with hunting scene in the Corning Museum of Glass, New York (Smith Collection: Accession Number 55.1.1) the line of cutting is of one thickness, where the Corning depiction seems to be a combination of a wide and narrow line. There can be no doubt that both jars originate from the same workshop, for the style in technique and representation comes extremely close.

Corning Jar 55.1.1

2. No bottom line is depicted, nor is there any form of text underneath the rim, as is the case with the jar in the Corning Museum of Glass. The Corning jar shows 16 petals around an abraded pontil mark. – The rosette may be compared with that found on the bottom of the San Marco bucket (Harden and Whitehouse) -.

3. On the so called:Bowl from Leuna’, appear the names of Artemis and Actaion in retrograde Greek writing. The action and way of dressing are described in such a way that the style of engraving helps to detect the figure on the bowl of the Corning as: Artemis. Both are examples of a Hunting Scene, from the second half of the second century A.D. (From a grave at Leuna, former German Democratic Republic. Glass of the Caesars, 1997, pp 197-198, no 107.)

4. On the fragments of another glass bowl from Dura-Europos – on the Euphrates, (Clairmont, 1963, 57-9, no 235, pl. XXIV) – the bath of the virgin Artemis is favoured, added the scenes of Actaeons death.

5. It must be remembered that the decoration was originally meant to be seen through the inside of the bowl, according to D.B.Harden in Glass of the Caesars. This explains why the inscriptions are engraved in reverse on the outside. But with the jar from The Corning Museum of Glass this is not the case.

Provenance: From a private dutch collection, previously unpublished; likely from Rhenish or North-Italian origin, following the descriptions by Ray W. Smith (1957), Donald B. Harden (1987), David Whitehouse (1997).


R.W. Smith, Glass from the Ancient World, 1957, pp 177-179, no. 358.

Fremersdorf, Niessen Collection, 1911, pl. 28, 1967, pp. 165-166, pl. 218

D.B. Harden et D. Whitehouse et al., Glass of the Caesars, 1987, p. 207, no 115. # 457 Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, 1997, Vol. I, pp 268-270, no. 457. Jar with Hunting Scene.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 23, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is commonly called the Penn Museum and part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is located at 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The web site is Penn Museum (active link).

The size of the glass collection is about 825 objects periods covered Greek and Roman most of which is in storage. The pictures of glass below are from their permanent installation. The installation is set up in a teaching mode to explain how the mixed medium objects were used in Greek and Roman times.

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Case 1

Case  2

Case 3

Case 4

Throughout the museum

Midwestern Aquamarine Swirl and Club Bottles

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 22, 2019

These are three examples of aquamarine swirled bottles and one aquamarine club bottle.  All have twenty four molded ribs which were swirled to the left or right, probably made in Zanesville Ohio.  The difference between the two types is on the club bottle the lower sides are straight and the flat bottom is therefore wider.   They are all about eight inches high and made between 1820 and 1840 and were re-usable bar bottles.  We think the most outstanding example is 58A because of its rich color and quality of the glass.  Which is your favorite?  Let us know.

15A Aquamarine swirl bottle

29A Aquamarine Club Bottle

58A Aquamarine swirl bottle

64A Aquamarine Swirled Bottle

American Pattern-Molded Bottles and Flasks

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 20, 2019

American Pattern-Molded Bottles and Flasks in the Allaire Collection

American bottles and flasks with pattern-molded designs have been produced from 1765 on. This same type has been made for centuries in Europe and England. A flask is a bottle, which has been flatten so it fits into a jacket pocket and also called a pocket bottle. The pattern-molded bottles and flasks were blown from a single gather of glass, patterned in either rib molds or pattern piece-molds having a simple (diamond pattern) or more elaborate designs. The (Pitkin-type flask active link) is part of this group and made by the half-post method and ornamented by pattern-molded ribbings. Both flasks can look alike; however the Pitkin flasks has a tell-tail ring of thicker glass around the neck (post) from the second dip of the half-post method.


The examples below are from the Allaire Collection. Click on the pictures to enlarge and use the X in the right hand corner to come back to this page




Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 17, 2019


The Newark Museumof Art, established as the largest New Jersey museum, invites you to enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences.  Take an inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical. Part of the Museum is the Ballantine House, a Victorian mansion built in 1885. The size of the glass collection is 2525 objects periods covered 1500BC to present.  Most of the ancient glass from 1500 BC Egypt through Greece, Roman and the Islamic cultures through 1200 AD. is the Eugene Schaefer collection. The American glass is located in the Ballantine House.  The Newark Museum of Art along with The Ballantine House have been recently renovated and are beautiful to walk through.

Current Exhibitions:

South Gallery, first floor, main building The Museum’s art of the ancient Mediterranean cultures—Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome—includes one of the finest collections of ancient glass in the nation as well as classical antiquities that illustrate … Click on the following pictures to enlarge them.



Unexpected Color: A Journey Through Glass features the Thomas N. Armstrong III Collection of Steuben Glass, recently donated to the Newark Museum. The exhibition offers a window into the science, craft, and art of this lesser-known, colorful glass that was made and used by two visionaries. Frederick Carder, co-founder and designer of Steuben Glass Works, Click on the following pictures to enlarge them.


Permanent Installations:  Glass in The Ballantine House



Additional Ancient Glass from the Eugene Schaefer collection from an older 2016 installation. Click on the following pictures to enlarge them.


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 14, 2019

This is a pictorial essay on what are commonly referred to as long neck jugs.  These beautiful and artfully created jugs were from the third quarter of the First Century and into the Second Century  A.D.




Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 6, 2019

Free blown yellowish prismatic Roman bottle


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass


Date: Mid 1st -2nd Century AD From: Northern Italy, possibly Asia Minor Size:  H = 12.5 cm D = 7.5 cm

Description: Free blown medium sized yellowish-olive colored prismatic bottle with rounded shoulders. Flattened bottom rises slightly in the middle, no base mark. Two-ribbed handle applied on shoulder and attached to the neck and rim.

Classification: Isings (1957) form 50a

Condition: Completely intact

Remark: Prismatic bottles in this color are rare.

References: Toledo Museum of Art (darker, longer neck (Cyprus); Museo Vetrario di Murano, (same form, bluish-green

Merovingian Palm Cup

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 3, 2019

114E Merovingian Palm Cup of Allaire Collection


Size: H: 6.5 cm, Dia. 10 cm Date: 600-800 Century AD


Remarks: This is a Frankish (Merovingian) palm cup of light green glass. The cup has the characteristic rounded form at the bottom and a rounded rim.

Provenance: Ex: Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.

Ref: Verres Antiques et de L’Islam: Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D. (Auction at Hotel, 1985 lot 519), Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Glass in the British Museum Vera I. Evison, P. 140 # 95

Compare the characteristics of this Merovingian palm cup with the Roman palm cup 50E below.

Roman Pale Green Cup 59R of Allaire Collection

Date: 2nd-4th Century  Size: H: 7.3 cm

Remark: A small pale green palm cup, cracked with no weathering. Two or more centuries later the Merovingian palm cup appeared.

Provenance: The collection of Louis Gabriel Bellon


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