Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

HEAD of ROMAN GLASS COCKEREL

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 30, 2020

 

HEAD of a COCKEREL of Hans van Rossum

 

 

Date: 4th Century AD | Roman Empire Size: Height 3.8 cm |Weight 196 g

Technique: Free blown; tooled

Description: The head of amber glass; the comb of red glass and the eyes of light blue glass.

Remarks: I Probably part of a complete figure vessel. Roman glass in the shape of an animal is rare.

Remarks: II Dating is based on the use of red glass. This color is known from finds during the first Century AD when it was used in a mosaic plaque, known as: “Birds in Thicket”, formerly part of the Sangiori Collection. Red glass is also known from some glass finds dated to the 4th Century AD as there is a fragment of the ‘Opus Sectile”, a panel with Thomas (second part of 4th Century AD) but red glass was also used for the Cage-Cup, excavated during 1960 at Köln-Braunsfeld and it is part of ”the Masterpiece”, known from the Luxemburger Strasse, Köln. A vessel richly decorated with opaque white, blue and red glass trails. Dating early 4th Century AD. The use of red glass is rare, in combination with this head as a whole makes this piece unique.

Condition: Intact for the head

Provenance: Formerly part of the collection of Mr. C. Sheppard, London 1980s.

Reference: Not any reference good be found

ROMAN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM WITH IRIDESCENCE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 27, 2020

24R Roman glass double balsamarium of Allaire collection

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Date: 4th. to 5th. Century AD Height: 12 cm

Remarks:This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant iridescence patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.

References : Newark Museum, Auth, 1976, #486, Christie’s March5, 1985 #21, Collection of Monsieur June 1985, #433

 

SINGLE LOOPED HANDLE ROMAN GLASS PITCHER

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 24, 2020

31R Single Handle Pitcher of Allaire Collection

                                                          Date: First Century    Height: 13 cm

 

Remark: The natural color of blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathering and appears as it would have looked just after being manufactured in the First Century.  The simple ovoid body is accented by a ring base.  The precise looped handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.

Ref: Ancient Collection De Monsieur D Auction Paris 1985 #477 & 478, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, Nina Kunina, 1997 #14

Additional Roman jugs with the looped handles on this blog. The looped handle was not a very common decoration on Roman jugs.

Click on the title above the Roman jugs pictured for additional information and on the picture to enlarge.

 

69R TRAILED ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE of Allaire Collection

69R Roman Jug with Loop Handle of Allaire Collection

Hans van Rossum Collection

ROMAN JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE

 

JUGLET WITH TREFOIL LIP AND ZIGZAG TAILING

The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE

 

HELLENISTIC OR ROMAN RIBBED BOWL

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 21, 2020

30R Hellenistic or Roman Ribbed bowl of the Allaire Collection of Glass

Date: Late First Century B.C. to Mid First Century A.D. Diameter: 13 cm

 

Remarks: This earlier Roman ribbed bowl was probably not made by the direct cast and slumping method.  It may have been formed from a thick round disk. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disk was slumped into a bowl shape. The process is described in this link Ribbed Bowls and their Manufacture by Mark Taylor and David Hill. It is a class of bowls from the from the Eastern Mediterranean area with short, close-set ribs concentrated around the middle of the body.  For the most part, such bowls are naturally colored, either bluish-green or light green, or intentionally decolorized. A small percentage occur in cobalt-blue or other colors. The size of the bowls and thickness of the ribs vary.

Ref: Glass the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World, Sheppard and Cooper Ltd.  London Feb. 1994 #9,Early Ancient Glass, David Grose, Toledo Museum, 1989 #236

AMBER ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE WITH A THIN WHITE TRAIL

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 18, 2020

21R Amber Roman Bottle of the Allaire Glass Collection

Date: First Century Height: 11.5 cm

 

Remark: During the First Century, glass artists were using colored glass to a great extent.  The most popular colors used were blue, aubergine and amber.  This bottle is a simple globular shape decorated with a thin white trail spiraling around the body and bottom of the base.

 

Ref: Was part of the Oppenlander collection of Roman glass #646.  Now in J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. (pictured below),  Illustrated Dictionary of Glass page #309 blue Roman glass bottle with white threads. In the collection of Wheaton Colleage Norton, MA. Also in the collection of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen

ROMAN TWO-HANDLED GLASS BOTTLE WITH TRAILING

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 15, 2020

20R Roman Two-Handled Bottle of the Allaire Glass Collection

Date: First Century  Height:13 cm

 

Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.

 

Ref: Was part of the Oppenlander collection of Roman glass #644.  Now in J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. (pictured below) In the book, Ancient and Islamic Glass, Paris, Loudmer, Kevorkian #157 (Paris Sale June 4th 1985 also pictured below)

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE RENAISSANCE in the Chateau d’Ecuen

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 12, 2020

 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE RENAISSANCE IN FRANCE

The Château d’Écouen, in Écouen, north of Paris which today houses the National Museum of the Renaissance (opened in 1982) was built between 1538 and 1555 as commanded by Anne de Montmorency, an extremely wealthy and influential advisor to François the First, king of France. Today, as well as offering the opportunity to observe this impressive example of 16th century architecture, the museum displays collections of the Musée de Cluny comprising Renaissance objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, furniture, metalwork and glass. More information on The Château d’Écouen(active link)

Glass at The Château d’Écouen

The glass collection is excellent, comprising mainly Venetian, Facon de Venise, and Spanish examples from the 16th and 17th Centuries. Click on the pictures to enlarge them and use Esc to get back to this page.

ROMAN SPLASH GLASS DECORATION

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 9, 2020

Roman Splash Glass

Splash glasses were produced by rolling a bubble of colored (blue, etc.) glass over a marver covered with shards and chips of colored (white, etc.) glass. The bubble of glass mixed with the shards and chips would then have been reheated to make it ready for blowing. The chips melt flush with the surface and change shape when the glass expands; round at the greatest diameter, elongated vertical in the neck. Description from ROMAN THIN-WALLED ‘SPLASHED GLASS’ ARYBALLOS of  Hans van Rossum

”It has been suggested that this technique may have been developed to imitate the more costly mosaic glass.  Many of these glasses are found in the Aegean area and in South-Russia.” (Whitehouse 1997)

The exceptional examples below, are of this technique of decorating ancient glass.

 

VENETIAN AND FACON DE VENISE GLASS AT THE LOUVRE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 6, 2020

The Louvre part 2

 

Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority. Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace.

The main focus of this post will be the wonderful and beautiful collection of Venetian and Facon de Venise glasses. Most of the glasses shown are from France and Spain. Click on pictures to enlarge and use X on the upper right hand corner of the page to return to this post.

Venetian and Facon de Vinise Glasses at The Louvre

 

 

ROMAN GLASS AT THE LOUVRE IN PARIS FRANCE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 3, 2020

The Louvre part 1

Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority. Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace.

The Louvre’s glass collections covers from 2000BC to the present.  The focus of this post will be to highlight their wonderful ancient Roman collection.  Click on pictures below to enlarge and use the X on the upper right hand of the page to return to the post.  A link to Paris and other museums in Northern France with glass collections

ROMAN GLASS AT THE LOUVRE

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