Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A striking Roman glass vessel, possibly mold-blown given that there is no sign of a pontil scar on the concave base, presenting an almost hourglass form with an apple-shaped lower body leading to a short narrow tubular neck and dramatically rising to a cup-shaped spout. The glass itself is a blue-green color; however, brilliant violet purple iridescence imbues it with even more irresistable beauty. Size: 4.625" H (11.7 cm)
An old label on vessel reads, "Roman Glass found in a tomb near Haifa in perfect condition."
This bottle and eight other items hammered for GBP 1,750 ($2,266) at Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, lot 171): https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20667/lot/171/?category=results&length=540&page=1
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-Bonhams, London, Knightsbridge Antiquities Auction (May 8, 2013, part of lot 171); ex-Joseph Klein collection, New York, New York, USA, formed between 1941 and 1980, thence by descent; old label on vessel reads, "Roman Glass found in a tomb near Haifa in perfect condition".
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