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ROMAN AUBERGINE COIL PITCHER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 1, 2016

Aubergine Coil Pitcher with Light Green Handle

This aubergine glass pitcher has an ovoid blown body with an applied trail decoration and handle of light green glass.  The excellent state of preservation makes this elegant jug an extraordinary work of the late Roman glass industry.

H: 14.5 cm
4th Century AD

Newark # 121

44R Aubergine Coil Pitcher with Light Handle


ROMAN BLUE BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 30, 2016

SMALL BLUE ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE

This precisely shaped globular bottle was probably used for perfume or bath oil.  Its delicate proportion and intense cobalt blue color make it a fine example of glass vessels of the period. Unguentaria, or perfume bottles are probably the earliest blown glass vessels.  In their simplest form they are merely a bubble on the end of the blow pipe, with little modification beyond a short neck and a flattened base.  Many of the early bottles are intentionally colored and these  rich colors were a dominate feature in glassmaking until the end of the first century A.D. when colorless glass became more fashionable.  This piece is intact and was found in Syria

First Century A.D.

H: 5.2 cm,  GD: 3.8 cm

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05R Small blue Roman glass bottle

ROMAN GLASS JUG

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 26, 2016

56 R Footed Jug with Thumb Rest

This distinctive jug 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.

H: 15 cm

Late Roman 4th to 5th C. AD

Shining Vessels #127

LACMA # 127

Hermitage # 188 and 196

Corning Vol. 2 # 714

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Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Merovingian Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on July 4, 2016

Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker

 This rather large pale yellow-green concaved beaker with a thin glass trail around its center has the elements of both a 1st C. Roman jar and a 5th C. Merovingian bell beaker.  There are parallels on both sides of the question but no exact one like this example. Whatever the century it is a beautiful glass beaker.

 H: 7.5 cm

Rim D: 8.5 cm

First to Sixth Century

Ref: Corning Vol. 1 #166, Corning Vol. 2 #672

85E Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker 1st to 6th Century

85E Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker 1st to 6th Century

Roman Glass Marbled Pear Shaped Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 25, 2016

This beautiful flask is made of cobalt blue and opaque white glass made to imitate marble. The form is pear shaped.

H: 5.6 cm

First Century

Newark# 49

54R Roman Glass Marbled Blue Bottle

BLUE ROMAN BOTTLE

Posted in CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 24, 2016

Blue Roman Bottle

17R Roman Blue Bottle

17R Roman Blue Bottle

First Century
H: 13 cm

The deep blue of this glass bottle follows the very popular trend for colored glass during the First Century. Blown paper thin into a simple yet elegant shape, it has an elongated globular body and tall neck ending in a tiny but precisely worked rim. The bottle was repaired using the original two pieces.
H: 13 cm
First Century
Ref: Barakat #G36, Hayes 1975 #115, Kevorkian 1985 #149

BLUE ROMAN BOTTLE WITH THIN TRAILING

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 22, 2016

Blue Roman Bottle

42R Blue Bottle with Trailling 1st C

42R Blue Bottle with Trailing 1st C

This deep blue Roman bottle is decorated with a thin colorless glass trail spiraling around the body and onto the base.  Bottle has been repaired using original pieces.

H: 11 cm

First Century

Ref: Whitehouse, Vol. II #700, Kevorkian, 1985 #150-154

Roman GLASS BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on June 10, 2016

ROMAN CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE

This graceful bottle is completely covered with a shimmering iridescence. Cylindrical bottles of this period are characterized by two types of mouth: one folded in and flattened and the other more common funnel mouth with folded rim as in this example. Both types of bottles are consistently a pale green. Piece is intact. Found in Turkey.

Third Century A.D.

H: 9.8 cm, Rim: 6.5 cm D

Cf. Auth 1976, #443, APC # I-3

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04R Roman cylindrical bottle with iridescence.

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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 June 5, 2016

SPOOL-SHAPED UNGUENTARIUM

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.

D: 2-3rd Century

H: 7 ¾ cm, Rim: 6 cm, Base: 6 ½ cm

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

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

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


TRAILED ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 27, 2016

TRAILED ROMAN GLASS JUG WITH LOOP HANDLE

69R Roman Jug with Loop Handle

69R Roman Jug with Loop Handle

H: 21.1 cm (incl. handle) Date: 4th century

Remarks: This small jug is shaped with a wide body tapering sharply down to a pad foot.  The trumpet mouth is decorated with spiral self-trailing, repeated again on the neck.  A thick handle laid on at the shoulder raised to the rim terminating with a high loop. Condition is intact.

Reference: Verres Antiques et de L’islam, Paris, June 1985 lot 503, Ancient Glass  in the Israel Museum, 2033, 210 (Trefoil Mouth), Fascinating Fragility, Nico Bijnsdorp, 2010, #NFG 179, P330, Romeins Glas-een prive collectie, Joop van der Groen, 2014 P.78&79: VD6 062 (Trefoil Mouth), Christie’s Antiquities Dec. 11, 2014, lot # 178 (Trefoil Mouth)

Published: Sotheby’s June 23, 1989 Lot 568

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