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BLUE AMPHORA WITH LIGHT BLUE OPAQUE HANDLES

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

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  1. wynkin said, on November 29, 2019 at 11:07 am

    What a beautiful little thing.


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