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Large Fine Eastern Roman Glass Lamp w/ Iridescence

Lot 0089A
Roman, Eastern Roman Empire, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th century CE. A fabulous oil lamp of a conical form, free-blown from semi-translucent, pale blue-green glass. The lamp has a narrow rounded base which gradually expands upward to a flared rim with a ground lip, and three passages of three wheel-cut striations coursing around the exterior of the body. Brilliant areas of silvery and rainbow-hued iridescence elegantly accentuate the soft spring hues of this fine example. Size: 5.125" in diameter x 7.625" H (13 cm x 19.4 cm); 8.125" H (20.6 cm) on included custom stand.

For a stylistically-similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 111, fig. 200.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private A.A. collection, Munich, Germany, acquired between 1992 and 1996

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Minute nicks (nearly invisible) to the rim, otherwise intact and excellent. Some integral internal bubbling as shown. Nice deposits and weathering film as well as wonderful silver and rainbow iridescence grace the surface.

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Large Fine Eastern Roman Glass Lamp w/ Iridescence

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Sep 26