Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 5, 2021

Large Roman Jug of Hans van Rossum

 Date: Late 3rd – 4th century A.D. | Syria Size: ↑26.0 cm | ø 11.5 cm | Weight: 460 g

 Technique: Free-blown; handle, coil and foot applied; tooled                              

Condition: Intact; one very small and almost invisible imperfection; slightly earth residues

Description: Transparent yellow-brown glass; spherical body with broad shoulder tapering to the applied base; high, cylindrical neck and flaring mouth, with applied vernacular coil in yellow-brown glass below the rim and a thick pinched collar around the lower neck; thick ribbed handle applied on lower shoulder drawn up and attached to edge of rim; triangular thumb-rest projecting above the rim. Applied irregular foot ring, pushed up base, rest of pontil mark. 

Provenance: Mr. David en Mrs. Jennifer Giles, London (2001 – 2020), Christopher Sheppard, London 2001, Formerly part of the Collection Harry Toulch, Montreal- Canada, Edward Safani Gallery New York, 1978

Remarks: Remarkable is the more or less same height of identical jugs, known to me. It appears to be a product of a single glass workshop or a specific area in Syria.

References: Christie’s London, 2 April 2014 no. 24 (formerly part of the Plesch Collection – AGv29h), Christie’s New York, 9 December 2010 no. 87 (2), Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina 1997 no. 396, Shining Vessels, Fortuna Fine Arts Ltd. 1991 no. 127, Glass von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil, Sammlung Hans Cohn, A. von Saldern 1980 cat. no. 127 Römische Kleinkunst, Sammlung Karl Löffler, P. La Baume & J. W. Salomonson, 1976 no. 152 Glassammlung Hentrich – Antike und Islam, A. von Saldern 1974 no. 55 for a striking parallel


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