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Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe

Posted in CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, English Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 18, 2018

Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe

This is an Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe. It is made of fine leaded glass in a clean and pleasing shape. The carafe was made by Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd in, England. In 1834 James Powell (1774–1840), purchased the Whitefriars Glass Company, a small glassworks off Fleet Street in London, believed to have been established in 1680. The company, mainly known for manufacturing stained glass windows, provided glass to other stained glass firms and a wide range of other handmade glassware. The Whitefriars Co. closed in 1980.

H: 5 ¼ inches
D: 1880

118E Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe

118E Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe

MEROVINGIAN TRAILED BEAKER

Posted in 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Merovingian Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 15, 2018

MEROVINGIAN TRAILED BEAKER

This is a Frankish (Merovingian) glass beaker with fine trailing. The piece is made from bubbly glass with a slight green tinge and has a bell-shaped body on a small circular pad base. At the top there is a splayed lip and below it there is a neck band of fine trailing. Intact. Ex Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.

There is a similar glass beaker  in our collection 54E Frankish or Merovingian Beaker .

H: 10.3 cm

D: 5-6th Century AD

Ref: Vera I. Evison, Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Glass in the British Museum, Plate 3 #49 P. 131

116E Merovingian trailed Beaker

116E Merovingian trailed Beaker

English Wine Glass

Posted in 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, English Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 14, 2018

Green English wine with blown hollow stem and dome foot.

 

Green English wine glass with blown hollow stem and dome foot. (82E)

82E Green English wine glass with blown hollow stem and dome foot.

H: 15 cm C. 1750

Bickerton # 1154, Fitzwilliam # 225c, Rijksmuseum #230

BLUE ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE WITH THIN TRAILING

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

Date: First Century  H: 11 cm

Description: 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.

Remarks: When we purchased this glass it had two large holes.  The dealer had the two original pieces so we bought it and planned to have it repaired.  Unfortunately we lost the pieces.  Many years later I found these delicate thin circular pieces of glass while cleaning up the cellar.  The conservator did a great job and it is whole again after 2000 years.

Confusion sometimes arises about the terms “restoration” and “conservation.” Restoration is actually a type of conservation treatment. Specifically it refers to an attempt to bring an object closer to its original appearance. The other type of conservation treatment is stabilization, which refers to an attempt to prevent further deterioration of an object. In all conservation treatments the integrity of the object and maintaining as much of the original material as possible is important.

In glass conservation, a stabilization treatment might include re-assembling the fragments of a broken object, but not making any fills to replace the missing pieces unless they are needed for structural support. A restoration treatment would include making fills to replace the missing fragments so that the object looks whole once again. Conservators do not want to deceive anyone into believing an object is undamaged when it’s not, but the repairs also should not distract from the object itself. As a general rule, restorations should be invisible/unnoticeable from 6 feet away, but visible (to a trained eye) from 6 inches away. by Stephen Koob, conservator for The Corning Museum of Glass.  This is a video on conservation:  https://youtu.be/bOD8IVBcABo

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

Allaire Collection number: 17R

ROMAN CYLINDRICAL GLASS BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 31, 2018

 

Date: Third Century A.D. Size: H: 9.8 cm, Rim: 6.5 cm D,

Description: 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 made of pale green.  This kind of iridescence is rare. Found in Turkey.

Condition: intact

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

Allaire Collection number: 04R

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 December 22, 2017

Long Neck Roman Bottle with Iridescence

46R Roman Bottle with a long neck

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

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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 December 21, 2017

Aubergine Coil Pitcher with Light Green Handle

44R Aubergine Coil Pitcher with Light 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

 

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Facon de Venise Spanish Arbarello Jar with Cover

Posted in 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Spanish Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 20, 2017

Facon de Venise Spanish Arbarello Jar with Lid

69E Arbarello with Lid

Remarks: This small lidded vessel of greenish transparent glass is decorated with cage-like white threads.  It may possibly have served as a pharmaceutical jar.  Finding  a vessel of this type with a lid is uncommon.

Height: 6 inches

Date: 17th C.

Reference: E. Heinemeyer, Glas (Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, 1966) p. 88 #259

Published: Form and Light: 400 years of European Glass (Michael Ward, Inc. 1985)

Provenance: Ex Collection: Baumgartner, Basel

 

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ROMAN GLASS SKYPHOS

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 16, 2017

ROMAN GLASS SKYPHOS

Roman Glass Skyphos 27R

The classic shape of this skyphos, a two-handled drinking cup from the First Century, reflects the metal prototypes of the period.  The body, thinly blown, has straight sides, an out-turned rim and applied ring base.  The elaborate handles have finger rests at both top and bottom and were angled for ease in drinking.  The skyphos has been repaired.  It was found in Turkey.

H: 8 cm

Date: First Century A.D.

Constable Maxwell # 68

English Green Wine with an Opaque Twist

Posted in 3. European Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, English Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 9, 2017

English Green Wine with an Opaque Twist

                97E-A English Green Wine with an Opaque Twist

Remark: This green wine has a cup-shaped bowl, set on knop with three raspberry prunts, above a clear stem enclosing a double-series opaque-twist and domed foot.

H: 15cm

c. 1765

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