Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A beautiful mold-formed bottle comprised of translucent, pale blue-green glass. The vessel is defined by a slight concave base with a molded concentric circle in the center and four petite raised feet at the corners, a quadrangular body with a lightly-rounded shoulder, a tubular neck with a flat, in-folded rim, and a wide applied strap handle joining neck to shoulder. The fire-polished exterior is covered in cloudy areas of silvery iridescence with bright sections of rainbow-hued iridescence providing for an elegant chromatic complementarity. An exquisite example of fine Roman glass-blowing! Size: 2.45" W x 6.8" H (6.2 cm x 17.3 cm).
This item hammered for GBP 1,062 ($1,376) at Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, lot 179): https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20667/lot/179/?category=results&length=90&page=2
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, lot 179); ex-private Dutch collection, acquired from the Amsterdam art market in the 1990s; said to have been found in the Rhine Valley, near Cologne, Germany
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