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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 267

    A ROMAN PALE PURPLE GLASS GRAPE FLASK

    CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN PALE PURPLE GLASS GRAPE FLASK
    CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a two-part mould, in the form of a bunch of grapes, with cylindrical neck and flat inward-folded rim

    4 in. (10.2 cm.) high


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    Grape-bunch flasks have been found all over the eastern and western Roman empire, with later 2nd-3rd Century examples tending to be a larger size than examples dating to the 1st Century.

    There are 18 known published examples of the handle-less type like the above lot, including two in the Getty Museum, nos 2003.331 and 2003.330, both in purple glass (see von Saldern, 1974, p. 172, nos 472 and 473) and examples in blue in the Corning Museum of Glass, no. 64.1.8 (see Whitehouse, 2001, p. 125, no. 630), and the Toledo Museum of Art no. 1951.373 (see Stern, 1995, p. 190, no. 119).



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    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.