A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
A ROMAN "SPLASHED" GLASS CUP
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
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A ROMAN "SPLASHED" GLASS CUP

CIRCA 1ST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN "SPLASHED" GLASS CUP
CIRCA 1ST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) high
Provenance
Kofler-Truniger collection, Lucerne.
Ancient Glass Formerly the Kofler-Truniger Collection; Christie's, London, 5-6 March 1985, lot 125.
Antiquities, Christie's, New York, 7 December 2006, lot 4.
Literature
M. Kunz, ed., 3000 Jahre Glaskunst: von der Antike bis zum Jugendstil: Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1981, no. 232.
Exhibited
Lucerne, Kunstmuseum Luzern, 3,000 Jahre Glaskunst, 19 July - 13 September 1981.
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Lot Essay

The "splash" technique was achieved by attaching colored chips to the vessel, then reheating and marvering the surface. The vessel was then further inflated. It has been suggested that such "splashed" vessels may have been intended to imitate the highly sought-after mosaic glass of the 1st Century B.C. This technique was short-lived - according to D. Whitehouse in Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, 1997, p. 207, "a cautious interpretation of the available evidence suggests a starting date in the early first century, a peak of production around 50, and a terminal date around 70". The present lot is an incredibly exciting snapshot of the creativity and flair of the Julio-Claudian master glassmaker.

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