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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 129

    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS UNGUENTARIUM

    CIRCA EARLY 3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN GREEN GLASS UNGUENTARIUM
    CIRCA EARLY 3RD CENTURY A.D.
    The piriform body with a cylindrical neck and everted rim
    7 ¼ in. (18.2 cm.) high


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    For similar, see E. M. Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001, p. 241.
    Cora, Countess of Stafford was one of the American heiresses who famously crossed the Atlantic in the late 19th century to marry English nobility; her brief marriage to the 4th Earl of Stafford in 1898 followed her earlier marriage to Samuel J. Colgate, whose soap-making company she inherited upon his death. A lively society figure until her death in 1931, John Singer Sargent painted her portrait in 1908.

    Provenance

    Cora, Countess of Stafford (d. 1932) collection, London.
    T. W. Barrett collection.
    with Spink & Son, London, 1947.
    Colonel Norman Colville, M.C. (1893-1974) collection; and thence by descent to the present owner.