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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 22, 2020

Gallo-Roman pear-shaped glass jug with thread


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass

Date: 2nd-   – 4th  Century AD,  Rhineland, Gallic area Size: ↑ 16.9 cm  │  Ø 9.0 cm

Classification: Morin-Jean (1913), form 50, Isings (1957), form 120a, Trier 124a

Provenance: David and Jennifer Giles collection, London (UK), ex Weber Cologne (Germany), formerly Fritz Ohrtmann collection, Kiel (Germany), 1960th-1970th

Description: Free-blown yellow-greenish transparent jug with oval-shaped body. From low in the neck it is wound with irregularly running glass threads in the same color 22 x counterclockwise to the base. A gracefully curved three-ribbed ear is raised from the shoulder and attached to the lip with a double loop as a thumb rest. The lip itself is folded inward. Sharp pontil.

Condition: Intact, some weathering and iridescense

Remarks: Oval-shaped jugs are characteristic of the Western Roman Empire. According to Isings, they are known in various designs, including a narrow or wide base, a chain-like ear or a zigzag edge around the neck  They have been found from the 2nd Century and production continues to the 4th Century. There are also spiral specimens with a more spherical body, such as in Landesmuseum Trier, inv. 03 .273 and The Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg. Also in the Eastern Roman Empire there are jugs that are wound with glass wire, these usually have a slightly different shape and color, often they have a clover mouth →  thread decorated jug (9.7 cm), also belonging to the Windmill Collection of Roman Glass.

Refernces:  Collection Verres Antiques Monsieur D. auction Paris 3/4 June 1985, lot 478, height 14.2 cm, 2nd-4th Century; Roman Glass in Landesmuseum, Trier (Goethert-Polaschek) fig. 24 no. 4; Metropolitan Museum NY inv. no. 81.10.195 (narrower oval body) 3rd-4th Century; David and Jennifer Giles collection London, 10.5 cm high; Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz (Austria), height 21.1 cm, with wire around the neck); Landesmuseum Bonn inv. 2386, 18 cm, wire neck and body; Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg No. 256 (variant with few threads near the base bottom), 17.8 cm high, late 1st-2nd Century.

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