6 July 2016
AN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CORE-FORMED GLASS ALABASTRON
CIRCA 6TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.
Cobalt blue, with rounded base, short neck and broad horizontal disk rim, the body wound spirally with opaque yellow and turquoise threads, tooled into zigzags on the upper body, an applied yellow trail on the rim, twin dummy handles applied at the shoulder
4 in. (10 cm.) high
Mr and Mrs A. Constable-Maxwell collection, UK.
The Constable-Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass; Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 4-5 July 1979, lot 15.
British Rail Pension Fund collection, UK.
Important Ancient Glass from the Collection formed by the British Rail Pension Fund; Sotheby's, London, 24 November 1997, lot 1.
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The Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, Texas, 1981-1988 (on loan).
The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas, 1988-1990 (on loan).
The above lot belongs to Grose Class I:B: Alabastron Forms I:2; cf. Grose, 1989, p. 136, no. 74.
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