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Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 28, 2017

Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask

A series of mold-blown sprinkler flasks having a closed off dropper mouth were created during the Third and Fourth Centuries. Such vessels exhibit a similarity in shape with a few variations in design. The swirled ribbing of this piece is typical, but the treatment of the mouth is not.  Here the more common funnel-mouth is replaced with a tooled collar, suggesting a later date of manufacture into the Fourth Century.

H: 7.5 cm

Fourth Century

Ref: Antonaras, Fire and Sand: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum, Anastassios C. Antonaras, 2012 #111

28R Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask 4th century

28R Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask 4th century

Roman Glass Aryballos

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 27, 2017

Roman Glass Aryballos

 This two-handled globular flask was used for carrying oil to the public baths during the first centuries of the Roman Empire. Many of the remaining examples still have the bronze rings or chains attached to the handles. This example is not typical of the more common heavy aryballoi, but is thinly blown and has a delicacy which is enhanced by its fine proportions and silvery weathering.

H: 7.5 cm

Late First or Second Century

Ref: Pittsburg #123, Paris Sale #277

18R Roman glass aryballos

18R Roman glass aryballos

 

ROMAN POMEGRANATE SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 15, 2017

ROMAN POMEGRANATE SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK

This is a sprinkler flask where the narrowed opening of the base of the neck enables oil or perfume to be poured out drop by drop. The bowl is decorated with fins and base with toe projections. The piece is intact and is made of light yellow green glass. This type of flask, probably made in Syria, has been found much further to the east as well as in the cities of the Black Sea region.

 H: 11.5 cm

 3rd-4th Century AD

 Newark # 148, Israel Museum #278

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47R ROMAN POMEGRANATE SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK


ROMAN GLASS JUG

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 7, 2017

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 BLUE BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 6, 2017

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 MONOCHROME RIBBED GLASS BOWL

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 3, 2017

Monochrome Ribbed Glass Bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

 

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

67R Roman ribbed glass bowl

This broad shallow ribbed bowl was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian area or Italy. It is of pale blue-green glass and made from a thick round disc. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disc was slumped into a bowl shape over a form. The exterior shows the 23 ribs set vertically on the body which along with the rim was fire polished. After being annealed and cooled the interior of the bowl was rotary polished and two incised concentric circles made.

Date: 1st C. BC to 1st C. AD
H: 4.5 cm
D: 15 cm

Ref: The Fascination of Ancient Glass #18, Glass: The Eighth Wonder of the World #22, Fire and Sand Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum #19, The Bomford Collection #33, Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass #339, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, P.52, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, P. 19

Amber Roman Glass Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 12, 2017

Amber Roman Bottle (21R)  Allaire collection

H: 11.5 cm D: First Century

Remark: During the First Century, glass artists were using colored glass to a great extent.  The most popular colors used were blue, aubergine and amber.  This bottle is a simple globular shape decorated with a thin white trail spiraling around the body and bottom of the base.

Ref: Oppenlander #645 & #648, Kevorkian, Loudmer, Paris 1985 #150-155 The Bomford Collection,1976 #58 Illustrated Dictionary of Glass 309Christie’s Kofler-Truniger Collection #127

ROMAN CYLINDRICAL JUG

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 4, 2017

71R ROMAN CYLINDRICAL JUG

Transparent light green glass jug, body blown in a full-size mold neck and rim free blown.  The horizontal mouth applied with a rim coil and reeded strap handle laid on from shoulder to rim.  Pin prick bubbles and pontil mark.  Isings Form 126.

H: 17 cm, Date 4th Century AD

Reference: Hayes, Royal Ontario Museum, 1975 #364, Verres Antiques et De L’Islam, Paris 1985 #275, Matheson, Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery 1980 #132, Auth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, 1976 #132, Groen v.d. en Rossum v.- Romeins glas uit particulier bezit, Thermenmus Heerlen,Joop van der Groen, Hans van Rossum, 2011#211, Trier and Naumann-Steckner, Zerbrechlicher Luxus: Koln-ein Zentrum antiker Glaskunt, P.62

Note: This form sometimes is seen with lightly incised geometric motifs.  See: Stern, Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass, 2001 #59, Trier and Naumann-Steckner, Zerbrechlicher Luxus: Koln-ein Zentrum antiker Glaskunt, P.137

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Late Roman Bottle with Neck Ruffle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Islamic Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 19, 2017

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.

H: 11cm

Late Fifth or Sixth Century

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

Long Neck Roman Bottle with Iridescence

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 26, 2017

Tall-Neck Bottle

This spherical flask was blown from colorless glass. Around the body are several wheel-cut bands. The long tubular neck ends with a collared rim. The piece is intact and has a beautiful bluish green iridescence.

H: 19.7 cm

2nd -3rd Century AD

Ref: Loudmer, Kevorkian, 1985, Collection Monsieur D # 336

46R Roman Bottle with a long neck

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