The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass
Nearly seventy pieces in this collection of Ancient and Roman Glass, of approximately a hundred, came to the family by decent in 1968, after the death of an uncle, a priest and scholar in Ancient Language and Philosophy. In the nineteen forties and throughout the fifties he was – spending most of his time in contemplation – stationary in Nijmegen (Noviomagus), Rome, Cologne and for a period of time in Israel.
It seems he collected what came his way and was offered to him at a reasonable price, from dealers as well collectors. He did trade pottery for glass. His knowledge grew with the years, as he once stated, and books of Kisa, Moirin-Jean and Fremersdorf were to be found in his modest library. Thus the collection varies from Ancient Glass to Roman Glass, especially from the first three centuries A.D., into the fourth to sixth century. Most of the examples are in unrestored and uncleaned condition. Form and historical meaning had his interest more than the aesthetic look.
In later life, as a Rector of a Gymnasium, he used his collection to demonstrate his students the essentials of ancient life and philosophy. For many years the glass was kept in boxes and moved from place to place before anyone of the family started working on the scarcely written details that came with the collection.
Today every single piece is still stored in a, new and uniform, box. Nothing is on display. It is a revelation though to put a glass on the table and make people wonder, especially the family members. Hopefully the publication of some of the examples on the Allaire Blog arouses the same reaction from a larger public. Examples below are from this collection of ancient glass: