Exquisite Roman Glass Ribbed Bowl

GBP 2,250.00

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Object Description

A rare and exquisitely well preserved translucent Roman blown glass bowl of a delicate pale blue colour, featuring a slightly everted rim and a ribbed decoration. The bowl’s beauty is further enriched by a mother of pearl like iridescence. An extremely fine example of roman glass-blowing technique.

Glass bowls with such ribbed decoration have been produced since the Hellenistic period, from the 1st century BC into the first few decades of the 1st century AD. This bowl would have been formed by blowing a bubble of glass into a mould, creating the ribs on the vessel’s external surface and leaving areas between the ribs extremely thin. This fine hemispherical bowl displays hues of green and blue, colours of Roman glass in its natural state, which resulted from the iron oxide present in the silica or the sand.

Date: Circa 1st Century BC-1st Century AD
Provenance: Private Israel collection, SM. Israeli export license for the glass collection.

Object Condition

Complete and intact. With a stabilised stress crack to the base and a a minor nick to the rim.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:16.5 x H:4.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James