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
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
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
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
Blue Roman Bottle
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
Ref: Barakat #G36, Hayes 1975 #115, Kevorkian 1985 #149
Blue Roman Bottle
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
Ref: Whitehouse, Vol. II #700, Kevorkian, 1985 #150-154
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
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
TRAILED ROMAN GLASS 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
The natural colored blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathered and appears as it would have looked just after being manufactured in the First Century. The simple ovoid body is accented by a ring base. The precise handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.
H: 13 cm
Paris #477 & 478, Hermitage #143