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EGYPTIAN GLASS FROM THE ROMAN PERIOD

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 16, 2018

15R Roman Spool-shaped Unguentariom 2-3rd C 7.7 cm

15R SPOOL-SHAPED UNGUENTARIUM

Date: 2-3rd Century  Size:H: 7 ¾ cm, Rim: 6 cm, Base: 6 ½ cm

Remark: This perfume holder characterizes a common type of glass made in Egypt during the Second and Third centuries A.D. The dark green color, wide neck, thick walls and base occur on all of the pieces from this group. These sturdy containers were probably used for shipping perfume. It is intact with brilliant iridescence.

 

Ref:  Kevorkian #317-323, Auth 1976 #139, Barakat #G168, 169, P. 120


Piliform Unguentarium or Tear Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 15, 2018

12R Piriform Unguentaria

12R Piriform Unguentaria H: 7 cm  First Century

Remarks:A typical late First Century shape appears in this slender, small and very common unguentarium also called a tear bottle. The blue green color and silvery iridescence greatly compliments this simple shape making it an interesting piece.

Ref: Hayes 1975 #108, Matheson 1980 #82

Late Roman Bottle with Neck Ruffle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Islamic Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 6, 2018

Late Roman Bottle with Neck Ruffle (11R)

Hight: 11cm Date: Late Fifth or Sixth Century

 

Remarts:This bottle is olive green; the globular body has a flattened and indented base.  The tall neck has a slight constriction where it joins the body and is decorated with a ruffled collar.    The form may be from the crossover time between Roman and Islamic periods.

Rev:Hayes 1975 #402 & 403, Oliver 1980 #203, Auth 1976 #118, A.P.C. #N-63, Glass from the Roman Empire, Paul E. Cuperus P. 34, Israeli Museum #431

ROMAN WHEEL-CUT GLASS FLASK

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 1, 2018

Roman wheel-cut flask (10R)

Date: Second-Third Century   H: 12.5 cm

Remards:A large flask in a bluish-green color has a globular body with a flattened base.  The straight cylindrical neck ends with a small inward-folded collar rim. The body is decorated with five wheel-cut bands of alternating widths.  A thin layer of iridescence is scattered over the piece. A tiny strain crack appears inside the neck, otherwise it is intact.  The bottle may be from Asia Minor modern Turkey.

Referance: Const. Max. # 125, Hayes 1975 # 146, Baracat # GF90,G04

ROMAN PALE GREEN CUP

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 18, 2018

Roman Pale Green Cup 59R

2nd-4th Century   H: 7.3 cm

Remark: A small pale green palm cup, cracked with no weathering. Two or more centuries later the Merovingian palm cup appeared.

Provenance: The collection of Louis Gabriel Bellon.

Merovingian Palm Cup 114E

114E Merovingian Palm Cup

H: 6.5 cm, Dia. 10 cm Date: 600-800 Century AD

Remarks: This is a Frankish (Merovingian) palm cup of light green glass. The cup has the characteristic rounded form at the bottom and a rounded rim.

Provenance: Ex: Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.

Ref: Verres Antiques et de L’Islam: Ancienne Collection de Monsieur D. (Auction at Hotel, 1985 lot 519), Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Glass in the British Museum Vera I. Evison, P. 140 # 95

 

AUBERGINE TWO HANDLED ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 10, 2018

AUBERGINE TWO HANDLED ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE (25R)

First Century, H: 8cm

Remarks: It is from the earlier glass core-form and pottery shapes prior to the First Century that this vessel takes its shape.  The ancient aryballos was a popular shape and copied widely after glass blowing was invented.  This example was beautifully executed using auberegine glass with delicate blue handles and was used as a container for perfume.

Ref: Oppenlander Collection #541, Royal Ontario Museum #122

 

 

ROMAN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 8, 2018

 ROMAN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM 24R

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4th. to 5th. Century AD H: 12 cm

Remarks:This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant iridescence patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.

References : Newark Museum, Auth, 1976, #486, Christie’s March5, 1985 #21, Collection of Monsieur June 1985, #433

 

EGYPTIAN GLASS JAR

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 1, 2018

Roman Glass Jar

 

Third-Fourth Century A.D. H: 7 cm

 

This is a Roman jar (40R) with zig-zag trailing between the top of  the rim to the  shoulder of the body.  It was probably made in Egypt.

 

ROMAN GLASS JUG

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 27, 2018

FOOTED ROMAN JUG WITH THUMB REST

 

H: 15 cm,  Date: Late Roman 4th to 5th Century

Remarks: This distinctive jug (56R) has a spherical body which rests on a thick base. A tall tubular neck extends upwards from the body and terminates into a splayed lip. Below the lip is a thick glass trail. A wide handle is pulled up from the shoulder where it is tooled into an elaborate triangular finial.

Reference: Shining Vessels #127, LACMA # 127, Hermitage # 188 and 196, Corning Vol. 2 # 714

MEROVINGIAN OR GALLO-ROMAN GLASS BEAKER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 22, 2018

Merovingian or Gallo-Roman Beaker

115E Gallo-Roman Glass Beaker

H: 11.5 cm
D: 4th –Early 5th Century AD

Gallo-Roman beaker 115E was made in the beginning of the Migration Period in the Western Provinces. The elegantly formed beaker is made of light olive green glass and stands on a conical base ring. Intact. Ex: Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.

Ref: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Volume 1, #177 P.115, Sotheby’s Nov 20 1987 Lot 133, #81, Memoires de Verre, # 74 P. 40, Verreries Antiques der Musee de Picardie # 319 P. 5

 

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