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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 7

    A RARE ROMAN PALE GREEN BLOWN GLASS DROPPER 'KUTTROLF' FLASK

    4TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A RARE ROMAN PALE GREEN BLOWN GLASS DROPPER 'KUTTROLF' FLASK
    4TH CENTURY A.D.
    The body with everted rim, inward-folded lip and two applied vertical handles, the vessel pinched four times in the middle to form four vertical tubes joined to the centre by a thin membrane leaving a minute central opening
    5¾ in.(14.5 cm.) high


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    This flask is most unusual and was probably made in the Western Roman Empire. The flask would have been blown, as with conventionally shaped bottles, and then pinched to form the four columnar tubes. Some parallels are known; for a similar example, cf. S. H. Auth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, p. 122, no. 151; also Hotel Drouot, Paris, Verres Antiques et de l'Islam: Ancienne collection de Monsieur D, 3 June 1985, lot 504, which is Gallo-Roman and found in France.

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    Provenance

    Plesch collection (AGv 14hB); acquired from Gawain McKinley, June 1974.