Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

6. HONORING THE LIFE OF DAVID GILES: A MASTER OF GLASS

David Giles 1940 – 2022

Comments from fellow glass collectors

David was a very amiable person, respected worldwide as a great connoisseur of ancient glass. For years he collected Roman and other types of glass and had a very refined taste.  He considered himself a temporary treasurer who was happy to share his extensive knowledge with other collectors.

He was a real friend; kind, intelligent, honest and always interested in the other person. His knowledge of core-formed, Roman and Venetian glass was amazing. A master of glass and I, one of the glass collectors. was his student. We will miss him and his valuable advice. Hans van Rossum

Will never forget when we met for the first time in person. It was in Brussels during the BAAF where we were in the process of buying a Roman juglet from a German dealer. We couldn’t come to grips on the origin. The object was handed over to a gentleman in the shop who gently assessed the origin. Later, he put his business card on the table with the name David Giles. From then on, we became friends. We also shared our mutual interest in Venetian & Façon de Venise glass showing again David’s extensive knowledge. Always in an amiable way. We will always cherish our friendship and will miss him dearly. Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen.

The Augustine Collection would like to express its condolences on the passing of David who has been a sympathetic colleague and advisor to us regarding the description of ancient glass. His knowledge and insights were great, and on many occasions, he was able to convince us to what time and style a piece of glass could be designated. From his collection of books on ancient glass we were able to acquire many a rare specimen.  These books will be a help in the further description and remind us of David.

David Giles Biography

I became fascinated with Ancient Art during many business visits to Mediterranean countries in the 1980’s and 1990’s, when, in my spare time, I took the opportunity to visit many archaeological sites and museums. Out of this grew a special interest in ancient and antique glass, both as a collector and a student of the subject and I became a member of the International Association for the History of Glass and The Glass Circle. I wrote an article for Glass Circle News on collecting ancient glass and I will be pleased to email on request an electronic copy of this article with illustrations.  As a collector I have focussed mainly on the period from earliest glass of the Mesopotamians and Egyptians through to Byzantine with some later Medieval and Venetian. Over time I have tended more towards rare and special pieces even if repaired, or sometimes only fragments. I spent many years building up my own library of books on glass. In the process I discovered how difficult it was to find many of the important works, as they are long out of print. As a result, I decided to offer a service to academics, museums and collectors by supplying books on ancient and antique glass and have spent many years building up the stock before launching the service.

Examples from his collection of ancient glass:

To get more information on each of the objects click on the title above the picture.

SPLASH GLASS ARYBALLOS

LARGE DOUBLE HEADED MEDUSA FLASK

RARE LENTOID SHAPED CORE FORMED GLASS VESSEL

VENETIAN GLASS PLATE OR PLATTER

VENETIAN FOOTED GLASS BOWL

 FOUR CORE-FORMED GLASS VESSELS FROM 4th to 5th century BC

CORE-FORMED AMPHORISKOS (perfume bottle)

A LARGE SHALLOW ROMAN GLASS BOWL

PRUNTED MEDIEVAL GLASS BEAKER

PRUNTED MEDIEVAL GLASS BEAKER

PRUNTED MEDIEVAL GLASS BEAKER

VENETIAN GLASS DISH

VENETIAN GLASS DISH

EGYPTIAN FLORAL GLASS INLAYS

EGYPTIAN FLORAL GLASS INLAYS OR PLAQUES

EGYPTIAN FLORAL GLASS INLAYS OR PLAQUES

OPAQUE BLUE ROMAN BUD VASE

OPAQUE BLUE ROMAN GLASS BUD VASE

HELLENISTIC CAST, SLUMPED, CUT GLASS BOWL

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