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Ancient Glass

Ancient glass making began in Egypt and the Mesopotamian region around 1500 B.C. Glass beads and inlays were even used on King Tutankhamen's mask. The earliest vessels were produced by forming melted glass on a clay core in the shape of the desired vessel. Hot threads of contrasting color were wrapped around the vessel, pressed, and combed to create a wavy pattern. The clay core was removed after cooling. The Augustan age of the Roman empire and invention of the blowpipe in Sidonian Phoenicia marked a turning point in glass production. Output could be increased a thousandfold with the introduction of new, exciting shapes. This technique quickly spread to Italy, and then throughout the empire. Roman glass was so popular that most Romans owned glass objects, and much has survived and is available today at reasonable prices.

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Bottle, c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Eastern| |Mediterranean,| |Glass| |Bottle,| |c.| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|
Our specimen is weathered making it in part iridescent and making the original color difficult to determine. Iridescence is a beautiful effect of ancient glass weathering, which distorts the original color and transparency of the glass with rainbow-like colors. The referenced Hermitage Collection bottle is described as clear pink-violet glass. It does appear this piece might have been the same color.
AG23897. cf. Hermitage Collection 355, Ontario Museum 222, Corning I 197,, Choice, very tiny chip on rim, areas of encrustation, weathering, iridescent areas, probably 1st century A.D.; glass unguentarium, 8.8 cm (3 1/2") tall, free-blown, violet(?) glass, squat piriform body, long cylindrical neck widening to body, rim everted and then folded in, flat bottom with no pontil mark; ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); $700.00 SALE PRICE $630.00


Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome, Portrait of Antinous, c. 30 Oct 130 - 300 A.D.

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Antinoopolites| |Nome,| |Portrait| |of| |Antinous,| |c.| |30| |Oct| |130| |-| |300| |A.D.||tessera|
Antinous probably joined Hadrian's entourage when it passed through Bithynia about 124 A.D. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover. In October 130 Antinous drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130, Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Perhaps the date is from the founding of Antinoopolis. There began a Cult of Antinous. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues dedicated to him were erected all over the Empire.
AG97755. Glass tessera, Dattari (Savio) (but cf. 6551-6551 for other glass tesserae of different types), green hue, manufacturing flaw at 12h, otherwise intact., weight 1.67 g, maximum diameter 18 mm, Antinopolis Nome mint, c. 30 Oct 130 - 300 A.D.; obverse draped bust of Antinos right, wearing hem-hem crown, crescent before; reverse blank; ex CNG e-sale 481 (25 Nov 2020), lot 280; rare; $450.00 SALE PRICE $405.00


Conservation and Restoration of Glass, Second Edition, by Sandra Davison

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Conservation| |and| |Restoration| |of| |Glass,| |Second| |Edition,| |by| |Sandra| |Davison|
 
BK21946. Conservation and Restoration of Glass, Second Editionby Sandra Davison, 2007, hardcover, 381 pages, illustrated, new, shelf wear, international shipping at actual cost of shipping, $75 - $112 online; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Axel von Saldern

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Ancient| |Glass| |in| |the| |Museum| |of| |Fine| |Arts,| |Boston| |by| |Axel| |von| |Saldern|
 
BK50736. Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Axel von Saldern, 70 fine examples of ancient glass photographed (black and white) and described; 94 pages, 3 color plates, paperback, Boston, 1968, new; $16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40


Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Axel von Saldern

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Ancient| |Glass| |in| |the| |Museum| |of| |Fine| |Arts,| |Boston| |by| |Axel| |von| |Saldern|
 
BK65553. Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston by Axel von Saldern, 1968, 70 fine examples of ancient glass photographed (black and white) and described, 94 pages, 3 color plates, hardback, used, ex libris Alex G. Malloy; $12.00 SALE PRICE $10.80


Verres Antiques De La Collection Ray Winfield Smith, Muse De Mariemon

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Verres| |Antiques| |De| |La| |Collection| |Ray| |Winfield| |Smith,| |Muse| |De| |Mariemon|
Antique Glass From The Ray Winfield Smith Collection at the Mariemont Museum in Belgium.
BK21978. Verres Antiques De La Collection Ray Winfield Smith Muse De Mariemon, 1954, hardcover, 56 pages, 25 plates, used good condition, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $11.00 SALE PRICE $9.90


Ancient Glass in Winchester, by J. D. Le Couteur

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Ancient| |Glass| |in| |Winchester,| |by| |J.| |D.| |Le| |Couteur|
An endeavor to make a complete record of the remains of ancient painted glass in as of 1920.
BK21945. Ancient Glass in Winchester by J. D. Le Couteur, 1920, hardcover, 152 pages, 39 plates, used, age, wear, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $10.00 SALE PRICE $9.00


Shining Vessels, Fortuna Fine Arts 1991

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Shining| |Vessels,| |Fortuna| |Fine| |Arts| |1991|
Ancient class from Greek, Roman and Islamic times. 1991 catalog.
BL22494. Shining Vessels, Fortuna Fine Arts 1991, card cover, 109 pages, color illustrated, cover marks, wear, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $9.00 SALE PRICE $2.70


Journal of Glass Studies, The Corning Museum of Glass, 5 Volumes, 1973 - 1978

|Antiquities| |Books|, |Journal| |of| |Glass| |Studies,| |The| |Corning| |Museum| |of| |Glass,| |5| |Volumes,| |1973| || |-| |1978|
From the library of Alex J. Malloy. An annual publication that records the discoveries, interpretations, acquisitions and publications which affect the art and history of glass making. Includes issues from 1973 - 1976 and 1978.

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BK23911. Journal of Glass Studies, The Corning Museum of Glass, 5 Volumes, 1973 - 1978, softcover, some cover wear, tear and age; shipping at the actual cost of postage; $5.00 SALE PRICE $2.50







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REFERENCES

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Antonaras, A. Fire and Sand: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum. (New Haven, 2012).
Auth, S. Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum. (Newark, 1977).
Carboni, S. Glass from Islamic Lands: The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum. (New York, 2001).
Carboni, S. & D. Whitehouse. Glass of the Sultans. (New York, 2001).
Christie's Sale. Ancient Glass Formerly the Kofler-Truniger Collection. 5 - 6 Mar 1985.
Christie's Sale. Wolkenburg Collection. 9 Jul 1991.
Corning Museum of Glass, Journal of Glass Studies.
Ettinghausen, R. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. (Smithsonian Institution, 1962).
Glass at the Fitzwilliam Museum, exhibition catalogue. (Cambridge, 1978).
Goldstein, S. Pre-Roman Glass and Early Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass. (Corning, 1979).
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Harter, G. Rmische Glaser Des Landesmuseums Minz. (Mainz, 1996).
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Sotheby's Sale. The Benzian Collection of Ancient and Islamic Glass, London, 7 July 1994.
Stern, M. Early Glass of the Ancient World, 1600 B.C. - A.D. 50, Ernesto Wolf Collection. (Ostfildern-Ruit, 1994).
Stern, M. Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE - 700 CE, Ernesto Wolf Collection. (Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001).
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Whitehouse, D. Sasanian and Post-Sasanian Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass. (Manchester, 1997).

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