Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 4, 2020

                               100E Holy-water Stoup from Low Countries or France,                   28E Spanish Holy-water Stoup


Remarks: In religious organizations, (Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some others), holy-water that has been sanctified by a priest is used for baptism and the blessing of persons, places, and objects.  As a reminder of their baptism in some Catholic churches, Christians dip their fingers in the holy-water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Holy-water is kept in a font, which is typically located at the entrance to a church (or sometimes in a separate room or building called a baptistery). A font is a receptacle in a church for the holy-water used in baptism, typically a freestanding stone structure.  The stoup is a smaller vessel for holy-water, usually placed on a wall near the entrance of the small church or chapel. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and the Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and private homes which had a chapel in them.

28E Spanish Glass Holy-water Stoup in The Allaire Collection

28E Holy-water Stoup, Spanish with a cross finial 18th Century


Description: This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy-water in a Roman Catholic Church. It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.

Date: 18th Century

Height: 24 cm

Ref: Hermitage-Spanish Glass in the Hermitage, 1970 #34, #16

100E Glass Holy-water Stoup of the Allaire Collection

100E Holy-water Stoup Low Countries C.1760


Description: This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing.  The double bowl fans out to a wide rim.  The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.

Date: 1760

Height: 26 cm

Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)


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