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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 10, 2021

TRAILED JUG of Hans van Rossum


                                                               Date: Second half of 1st century A.D. | Northwestern part of the Roman Empire Size: ↑ 13.5 cm | ø 7.7 cm | Weight 44 g

Technique: Free blown, handle and trail applied

Condition: Intact, some weathering and iridescence

Description: Transparent pale-green, almost colorless glass; pear-shaped body, decorated with a continuous line of very fine and opaque light blue trail, wound spirally clockwise from neck to lower part of body, in nineteen revolutions with one renewal; cylindrical neck, widening toward body. Round mouth, rim folded outward. A bifurcated handle of opaque light blue glass applied to the shoulder and attached to underside of rim making a double fold and forming a thumb-rest. Pushed-in base   with hollow tubular base-ring and no pontil scar.

Remarks: I Identical examples are rare and not easy to find. The most striking parallel is lot no. 478, Verres Antiques et de l’Islam, Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D. (1985) The description of this jug suggests it was a product from Gaul or Rhineland but this is not substantiated. No comparable examples are known or described in the numerous books about ancient Roman glass in Gaul or Rhineland. The description of no. 478 has only one reference, no. 175 of the Royal Ontario Museum but unfortunately their reference is based on a total different form.

Remarks: II Only a few identical examples are known. One of the known comparable trailed jugs may refer to Gaul, based on the typical ”Gaulish color”; yellow green. Another example            could be a product of Gaul or Rhineland, based on the written information. Two identical examples may refer to a production in Rhineland or Northern Italy. First one: based on the bluish-green color of the glass and the second one because of the opaque blue glass for the handle and the trial. Two other identical examples have characteristics (color) for a production in the eastern Mediterranean. This trailed jug with light blue glass for the trail and the handle is exceedingly rare, no striking parallel with these characteristics could be found.

Provenance: Roseberys London, Auction 22 October 2020 lot no. 13 Property of a lady, purchased in 1987 from Hans Peter Trimbacher in Texing, Austria. Mr. Trimbacher (1933 – 2003) was the owner of Schloss Plankenstein in Texingtal, Austria which he acquired in 1975 when it was still a ruin. He renovated this castle totally by his own. On 30 October 2020 I got a mail from Mr. Podstany of Schloss Plankenstein in which he confirmed that Mr. Trimbacher exhibited some really interesting pieces at Burg Plankenstein. Probably to own extra money for the restoration, he sold some of those antiquities, among which this trailed jug.

References: 2000 Jahre antikes Glas, Schmuck und Alltagsgerät, V. Gedzevičiüté, M. Knief, I. Wehgartner 2010, no. 4 Glasses of Antiquity, Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. 2002 no. 65 Verres Antiques et de l’Islam, Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D., G. Loudmer & A. – M. Kevorkian 3 & 4 June 1985 lot 478

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