Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

**APPLIED BLOBS AS DECORATION

APPLIED BLOBS AS DECORATION

During the making of vessels, blobs of molten glass were dropped onto the surface creating a raised decoration, sometimes called prunts.  It was an option for the glassmaker to leave the blobs in an irregular smooth shape or to form a pattern such as a lion head or a raspberry design as with the German roemers.   On others the hot glass blobs were pulled out with a tool forming spikes.  The texture of these prunts provided a  firm grip on the vessel, as diners during the Middle Ages may have been eating with their fingers.

The following pictures show examples from our collection to illustrate various styles of blob decoration.

Roman Cup with Blue Blobs 4th C

Roman Cup with Blue Blobs 4th C.

Krautstrunk Smooth Prunts 1500 C.

Krautstrunk with Smooth Prunts C. 1500

Early Roemer Spiked Prunts Early 17th C.

Early Roemer with Spiked Prunts Early 17th C.

Roemer with Rounded Prunts 1650-1675

Roemer with Rounded Prunts 1650-1675 C.

Engraved Roemer with Rassberry Prunts Late 17th C.

Engraved Roemer with Raspberry Prunts Late 17th C.

Facon de Venise Covered Jar with Animal Head Medallions 1600 C.

Facon de Venise Covered Jar with Animal Head Medallions C. 1600

Salviate Goblet with Lion Head Medallions

Salviati Goblet with Lion Head Medallions 19th C.

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