Sidonian Opaque White Glass Bottle

GBP 4,000.00

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Object Description

An exceptionally fine and rare Sidonian glass flask, mould-blown in opaque white colour. The vessel sits on a flat foot and is made in a tripartite mould, with a free blown cylindrical neck featuring an outward folded rim. Its hexagonal body features six rectangular columnar niches, surmounted with triangular pediments and each centred by a depiction of a bird or a butterfly. A raised egg-and-dart border below and an additional band decorated with raised grooves over the short foot. Bottles of this type, known as the Bird Series, might have been made as souvenirs or evocations of the Phoenician city of Ornithopolis, which translates to “City of Birds” and that was located between Sidon and Tyre on the Eastern Mediterranean coast, modern-day Lebanon.

Date: Circa 1st Century AD

Object History

Ex private collection, SM, London, the largest collection of Sidonian glass in the world, acquired 1970s-1999.

Object Condition

Very fine, a few hairline stable cracks, some earthly encrustations on 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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