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ROMAN GLASS PATTERN-BLOWN SPRINKLER FLASK

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 13, 2021

PATTERN-BLOWN SPRINKLER of Hans van Rossum

Date: 4th century A.D. | Eastern Mediterranean Size:↑12.6 cm | ø 8.6 cm (handles) and 5.2 cm (body) | Weight 90 g

Technique: Body pattern-blown, neck and rim free blown; handles applied; tooled

Condition: Intact, nice iridescence

Description: Olive green glass; piriform body, decorated with swirling mold-blown ribs; wide collar rim. Long cylindrical neck with horizontal disk to form a diaphragm with a central hole to allow only a small droplet to be poured out. Two extremely heavy created handles applied on the bottom of the neck, drawn up, angled horizontally and attached to the collar rim. Slightly indented base with rest of pontil.

Remarks: The long neck and the extremely heavy handles are rare for this specific form.

Provenance:  C.J. Martin (coins) Ltd. Ancient Art, London 20 June 2012 private collection UK

Exhibited: Museum Patriciërshuis Dordrecht, 11 April – 11 November 2018

References: Christie’s London, auction 28 April 2009, lot 24 (Plesch Collection of Ancient Gla Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 20, 28 September 1999 lot 116, Christie’s New York, auction 5 June 1998, lot 191, The Barakat Gallery, A Catalogue of the Collection 1985 no. G14

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