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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 237

    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS AMPHORISKOS WITH BASKET WEAVE PATTERN

    FROM THE WORKSHOP OF THE FLOATING HANDLES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS AMPHORISKOS WITH BASKET WEAVE PATTERN
    FROM THE WORKSHOP OF THE FLOATING HANDLES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a two-part mould in the shape of an amphora encased within a wickerwork basket, with a rope around the shoulder and a wreath of laurel and berries around the middle of the basket, with mould seam on underside of base, tall neck and everted rim, two high handles applied under the rim, looped up, and pulled down to the shoulder but not attached

    3 ½ in. (8.8 cm.) high


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    The normal practice of applying handles was to first attach the glass to the body of the vessel and then draw the glass upwards and attach at the rim. The Workshop of the Floating Handles did the opposite - the handles were drawn down, but not attached to the body - hence they floated above the surface. The basket weave design is imitating the actual practice of encasing glass vessels to protect them during transportation. For similar, cf. Stern, 1995, p. 154, no. 59 and von Saldern, 1974, no. 431 (now Getty Museum no: 2003.309); for a recent study on the Workshop, see Stern, 1992.

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    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.