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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 91

    A ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS RIBBED BOWL

    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.-MID 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS RIBBED BOWL
    CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.-MID 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Formed from a polychrome blank assembled from sections of mosaic bars, with opaque white spirals embedded in translucent amber, then sagged forming a shallow hemispherical bowl with twenty-seven vertical tapering ribs on the exterior, on a slightly concave base
    6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diameter


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    Out of the tradition of Late Hellenistic prototypes, during the Augustan Period, Roman glassmakers in Italy developed distinctive cane patterns, color schemes and vessel shapes, such as the composite mosaic ribbed bowl. The type is most commonly found in Italy or the western provinces, but there are examples found as far as Egypt and other areas of the Eastern Mediterranean. See p. 249 in Grose, Early Ancient Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art.

    Provenance

    Rabenou Collection, 1950s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION