Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection



The Musée de Picardie is the main museum of Amiens and Picardy, at 48rue de la République. Its collections stretch from prehistory to the 19th century and form one of the largest regional museums in France.  Its building was purpose-built for a regional museum (one of France’s first such buildings) between 1855 and 1867.

The selected pictures are from their collections of Gallo-Roman, Egyptian and Merovingian glass can be found at this link: Study Gallery Musée de Picardie


The Louvre: An Age-Old Institution Looks to the Future

Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority. Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity’s long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace.

The purpose of this page is to highlight the glass collections in The Louvre which covers from 2000BC to the present.  The main focuses will be their wonderful ancient Roman collection and Venetian and Facon de Venise.

To see pictures of  the glass click on these links: Roman Glass at the LouvreFrench,Venetian & Facon de Venise Glass at The Louvre


National Archaeological Museum (France)

The Musee d Archeologie Nationale is a major French archeology museum, covering among other areas Roman and the Merovingian period.  It is located in the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris.

The purpose of this page is to highlight the late Roman (4nd century) and Merovingian glass in this collection dated from the middle of the 5th to the 7th century. To see pictures of the glass click on this link: Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye


National Museum of the Renaissance

The Château d’Écouen, in Écouen, north of Paris which today houses the National Museum of the Renaissance (opened in 1982) was built between 1538 and 1555 as commanded by Anne de Montmorency, an extremely wealthy and influential advisor to François the First, king of France. Today, as well as offering the opportunity to observe this impressive example of 16th century architecture, the museum displays collections of the Musée de Cluny comprising Renaissance objects including paintings, sculpture, textiles, furniture, metalwork and glass.

The glass collection is excellent, comprising mainly Venetian, Facon de Venise, and Spanish examples from the 16th and 17th Centuries.

To see the glass pictures of this collection follow this link: National Museum of the Renaissance in France


Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris France

This museum is offer a vast panorama of the decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day. It has some 150,000 objects; the collections are privileged testaments to the French art of living.

The glass on display includes Venetian, Facon de Venise from France and Spain dated 16th and 17th Centuries as well as forest glass from the Middle Ages.  Click on this link to see the glass pictures of their collection: Study Gallery for Musee Des Arts Decoratifs


Museum of Antiquities in Rouen France

The “Musée départemental des Antiquités de la Seine-Maritime” (Museum of Antiquities, in Rouen) is among the few museums in France to display some vestiges of the Viking incursions. This beautiful museum also has works of art from the Roman, Middle Ages, and the Renaissance periods. The glass collections are Gallo-Roman and Merovingian. For additional information on the Museum follow this link:  Museum of Antiquities, in Rouen

To see pictures of the glass  collection follow this link: Study Gallery


The Musee d’Art & Histoire Saint-Denis

Musee d’Art & Histoire Saint-Denis, France

Saint-Denis was a Gallo-Roman village north of Paris in the 2nd Century. During the Middle Ages it rose to prominence and in 1144 a new church was consecrated the Saint-Denis Basilica the first example of Gothic Architecture.  In the 17th Century the Basilica was excavated which turned up vestiges of the Middle Ages and Roman times.  The Musee d’Art & Histoire of Saint-Denis had a show in 2007 on some of these artifacts.  What made the show interesting is that all of the material was found locally. Follow this link Study Gallery to see the glass pictures from that show.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: