Roman Light Blue Glass Bottle

GBP 1,950.00

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Object Description

An exquisite and rare Ancient Roman pale turquoise octagonal glass bottle. The vessel is of squat form, with a single applied handle extending from the top of the rim to the rounded shoulders. The top of the neck and the flat rim lean slightly to the side. The base is unusually decorated with an eight pointed star with a smaller four pointed star to the centre.

This stunning piece shows its original translucency: the metallic iridescence, which can be admired on the surface of Roman glassware, was unintentional and was caused by the weathering on the surface, which depended mainly on burial conditions of the item.

A large part of ancient glassworks was designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets. Bottles, one of the most frequently used containers, existed in various dimensions and shapes.

Period: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD.

Object History

Private Mayfair, London collection, SM.

Object Literature

Cf. item 225; The Krug Collection of Glass Part II; Sothebys 7 Dec. 198

Object Condition

Very Fine, complete and intact. Earthly encrustation and a light patination visible to the surface.

Object Details

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

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