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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 29

    A ROMAN CLEAR GLASS OPENWORK JUG HANDLE

    3RD CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN CLEAR GLASS OPENWORK JUG HANDLE
    3RD CENTURY A.D.
    With complex openwork chain-trail pattern, with opalescent iridescence, set circa 1980 in gold mount as a necklace pendant by the Mainz master goldsmith Weiland
    3¾ in. (9.4 cm.) long


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    This intricate handle of 'Cologne' type would have come from a jug; although some have been found in Syria, the largest number of these openwork handled flasks come from Germany. For the type, cf. F. Fremersdorf and E. Polonyi-Fremersdorf, Die Farblosen Gläser der Frühzeit in Köln, Köln, 1984, pp. 83-86, nos. 188-194. This openwork trailed glass technique is seen at its best on the famous 'goblet with shells' (Römisch-Germanishes Museum, Cologne, 69.72.9) and 'Disch Kantharos' (Corning Museum of Glass, 66.1.267), both found in Cologne and dating to the late 3rd/early 4th Century A.D. For a similar handle, also cf. S. H. Auth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, p. 231, no. 533.

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    Provenance

    Plesch collection (AGm 9.4); acquired in the 1980s.