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Lot 0081A
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A gorgeous blue-green glass bottle, its rectangular body mold-blown to an even squared profile, although with graceful rounded corners and edges, a short cylindrical neck, and a thick planar rim. The stable base is decorated with four feet, each with a concentric circle design. Adding to its striking aesthetic is the meticulously-ribbed, wide trail handle bridging shoulder to neck. A marvelous form boasting lovely turquoise hues with breath-taking areas of silver and rainbow-hued iridescence. Size: 2" W x 4.625" H (5.1 cm x 11.7 cm).

A similar, larger example hammered for $5,019 at Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 11 December 2003, lot 192: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-large-roman-glass-bottle-circa-1st-2nd-4205388-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=4205388&sid=e0c15a81-442a-43d8-a38f-65151264dcf7

Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA

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Age-commensurate surface wear, minor nicks and roughness to edges, handle, rim, and base, otherwise intact and near-choice. Nice earthen deposits as well as stunning silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.

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Stunning Roman Glass Rectangular Bottle

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500May 10, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA