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Roman Glass Aryballos

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 9, 2018

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18R 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

 

Roman Glass Marbled Pear Shaped Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 5, 2018

54R Allaire Collection (active link)

Date: First Century Height: 5.6 cm

 

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

 

Ref: The Newark Museum,(active link) picture# 49 in Auth-Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, Susan Auth, 1976

Late Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

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

Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

This is a Roman flask of colorless glass.  It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim.  Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern.  This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.

H: 10.5 cm

Fourth Century

Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

TWO HANDLED ROMAN BOTTLE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 31, 2018

(80R) Two Handled Roman Bottle of Allaire Collection

Date: 3rd -4th C.AD Probably from the Eastern Mediterranean Size: Height 16 cm, Weight 230 g

 

Description: A tall neck bottle with funnel mouth is decorated with two coils and a third placed where the neck meets the body.  Faint diagonal ribs are present on the bulbous body which is angled in at the bottom and finished with a coil ring. It has a pontil mark.  The transparent yellow glass of the vessel is also used for the two applied handles laid on the shoulder and pulled up with a fold over just above the center coil.

Condition: Minor stress cracks, silvery iridescence on the inside and faint iridescence on the body.

Ref: Ancient Glass: The Bomford Collection, 1976, #123, Glaser der Antike, Sammlung Oppenlander, 1976 A. von Saldern, # 665, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, 2011, P. 172 #HVR141, Histoire der Verre Antiqute, Slitine, 2005 P. 85, Fire and Sand, Antonaras, 2012, P.142

Roman Bowl with Vertical Rim

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

63R  Date 4th C H: 5 cm, D: 12.5

This simple Roman bowl was made with a vertical rim folded under to form a small flange. The bottom is finished with a ring base and the center of the bowl shows a slight kick

Ref: Trasparenze Imperiale#161, Constable-Maxwell Lot# 128

Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 17, 2018

51R Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration

51R Jar 4th C

Date: 4th C H: 11.1 cm

This late Roman glass jar is light green in color and free-blown.  The piriform body is concave on the underside and has a wide flaring mouth with a rounded rim with applied dark blue trailing wound spirally up the rim.  There are three trails wound around the body and tooled at intervals to form a pattern of bisected ovals called chain trailing. The trailing on this object is similar to a Juglet from the Hans van Rossum collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number: 37.128.6.

 

Roman Cup with Thumb Rest Handle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 12, 2018

(62R) Cup with Thumb Rest Handle  Date: Third-Fourth Century H: 9 cm

 

Remarks: This light green bulbous cup has a single handle ending in a thumb rest at the rim.   A fine trail circles the neck and the rounded body has a flat base. It is the thumb rest that set it apart from just bulbous cup

Ref: MUSÉE DE PICARDIE IN AMIENS FRANCE (active link object:)  Picardie #305

ROMAN GLASS JUG

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

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56 R Footed Jug with Thumb Rest H: 15 cm Late Roman 4th to 5th C. AD

 

Description: 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.

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

Amber Roman Bottle

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 7, 2018

R20 H: 11.5 cm, Roman First Century

Remarks: During the First Century, glass artists were using colored glass to a great extent.  The most popular colors used were blue, auberegene 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 309, Christie’s Kofler-Truniger Collection #127

ROMAN GLASS BEAKER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 29, 2018

(72R) Allaire collection

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ROMAN GLASS BEAKER H: 10.2 cm, Rim D: 8.5 cm, Date: 1st – early 2nd century, Possibly Western

 

The beaker is made of colorless glass with a slight greenish tint and has a hint of iridescence.  It was blown with ribs applied to the parison, inflated further and a thin trail applied below rim.  The 15 ribs are straight with a very slight swirl.

(72R) ROMAN GLASS BEAKER

 

Reference: Glaser Der Antike, Sammlung Erwin Opperlander, 1974 #650, Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum, Vol 2, 2001 #657 (Swirled ribs), Ancient Glass, Charles Ede Limited, 2006 #24 (swirled ribs)

 

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