Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 7, 2020


of the Henk-Martin Goldschmidt collection

Description: A Glass Holy-water Stoup with reticello inclusions in the bowl; Height 30,5 cm, Width 9,5 cm and Depth 7.0 cm, Weight 205 gram; it can be attached to the wall, a latticinio-striped cup upheld by a network of glass cords.

Origin: Cataluña, Barcelona, approx.. 1600

Provenance: Collection Harold Henkes (marked 468), there after Laméris Antiques, Amsterdam and Mayflower Antiques, acquired in July 2017.

Description: This is a holy-water stoup made of blown glass possibly in Venice, and probably in the 18th century. It is in a good condition, with no chips or cracks. There is some mineralization in the bottom of the font, but that is to be expected, and could probably be removed. H 28.6 cm. It is approximately 10.7 cm wide, D 7,0 cm, 156 gram weight.

Provenance: Through the collections of Ruth Blumka and Peter Pellettieri this went to Bartley Antiques in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA in appr. 1997, acquired in August 2017.

Description: Holy-water stoup, H 29,5 cm, W 8,9 cm and D approx.. 7,0 cm, 171 gram weight. The condition is poor, a small piece is missing and the top is broken and has been restored. The top decoration is typically Spanish.

Origin: Cataluña 17th century

Provenance: Collection Hans Vos who bought this in 1971 from Laméris in Amsterdam; in August 2017 it was acquired also from Laméris again.

Description: Holy-water stoup, greyish glass with pontil mark. The pound is longitudinally optic and with a reinforced edge, the wall plate made of threads partly openwork and decorated like a waffle. H. 19,5 cm W 10,2 cm and D 7,5 cm, 238 gram weight.

Origin: Austria, 19th century as stated by the auction house however there is a great resemblance with the stoups from French particular Orleans.

Provenance: Tyrolean private collection, Dr Fischer art auction, Heilbronn, acquired in October 2019.

Description: holy-water stoup showing Madonna with child on cloud in which three faces can be seen, pressed in relief. H. 17,9 cm, W 7,8 cm and D 4,8 cm. Weight 197 grams and a capacity of 30 ml. The thickness of the glass is 9 mm and there are 25 ribs on the pound externally. The original depot was removed by a diluted acetic acid solution.

Origin: Mark in pound is SV and on the back s with an asterisk, a small cock or a flat lying X. SV mark is most likely French (as stated on French glass collections blog), 20th century.

Provenance: Pressed glass acquired in Lille, France from ‘le village des antiquaires’, August 2017.

Additional information:

Collectors of antiques from various cultures are used to religious items and symbols. So are glassware collectors typically knowledgeable about glasses, bottles, cups, plates and other utensils. Holy-water stoups form a bridge between religion and usage glass.

These small water stoups were quiet common in Roman Catholic religion in the church at side altars as well as in the home setting for daily devotion. So a common utensil that is hard to locate and date. The exceptions are the Spanish examples because of their particular shape and style. The French example is marked. But the fourth examples as well as the second example in the Allaire collection and the ones shown in the French, Dutch museums (see references) as well as others (Glasgow, MET) are unclear in their descriptions.


– Allaire collection, see blog on website: Glass holy-water stoups in the Allaire collection, 2020

– Spanish Glass by Alice Wilson Frothingham, Faber, London, 1963, page 50 and plate 42

– Spanish glass in the hermitage by O Michailowa, Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1970, number 34 and 35

– Verre d’usage et de prestige. France 1500-1800, Jacqueline Bellanger, Les editions de l’amateur, Paris, 1988, pages 249 – 25

– Glass in the Rijksmuseum, volume I, Pieter C Ritsema van Eck and Henrica M Zijlstra – Zweens, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1993, number 309, page 194

– Collectors weekly, Riedelbook, 2016

– Beautiful glass holy-water stoups are also in the collections of the CMOG and the VA museums, they can be seen through their websites.

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