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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 59

    A ROMAN BLUE MOULD-BLOWN GLASS FLASK

    1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN BLUE MOULD-BLOWN GLASS FLASK
    1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The body decorated in relief with six vessels each set within a niche supported by columns, the vessels comprising two fruit(?) laden kraters, two ewers and two twin-handled vessels, bunches of grapes within the festoons below and egg-shaped motifs within arches on the shoulder, the neck with flaring mouth and rounded inward-folded rim
    3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) high


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    EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED:
    50th Anniversary Exhibition of The Circle of Glass Collectors, Broadfield House Glass Museum and The Pilkington Glass Museum, 1987-1988, no. 4.

    Cf. E. M. Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1995, pp. 113-129 for the type and a detailed discussion of the variations to the moulds and symbolism.

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    Provenance

    Plesch collection (AGv 8D); acquired from Christopher Sheppard, London, October 1981.
    Keller collection, Germany: sold Sotheby's London, 14 July 1981, lot 431.