A Late Hellenistic - Early Roman opaque red glass bottle

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Lot 297
A Late Hellenistic - Early Roman opaque red glass bottle

Sold for £ 33,600 (US$ 41,098) inc. premium

Antiquities

28 Oct 2009, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A Late Hellenistic - Early Roman opaque red glass bottle
Circa 1st Century B.C.- first half 1st Century A.D.
With a pear-shaped body, flat base and short cylindrical neck, the flaring rim slanting inwards and cut with a rib in low relief on the interior, 2¾in (7cm) high, with green metallic weathering

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Dr Gonick & M.Wirth Collection, Geneva, Switzerland, 1970s.

    Literature:
    The opaque red colour of this piece was achieved through the addition of a copper oxide to the glass batch, which was then heated in a furnace with a reducing atmosphere, i.e. one in which the furnace is kept starved of oxygen. For a more detailed discussion on the production of coloured glass in antiquity, including the influence of the furnace conditions, cf. S.J. Fleming, Roman Glass; Reflections on Cultural Change, (Philadelphia 1999), pp.143-4. The green patination on the surface is a product of weathering whereby copper has leached out from within the glass whilst buried in the ground, which, when removed, reveals the original blood red colour of the glass beneath.

    For two more examples also made in opaque red glass retaining varying degrees of green patination formerly in the Constable-Maxwell and Benzian Collections cf. Sotheby's London Important Ancient Glass from the Collection formed by the British Rail Pension Fund, 24 November 1997, lot 8 and Sotheby's London, The Benzian Collection of Ancient and Islamic Glass, 7 July 1994, lot 50 respectively.
A Late Hellenistic - Early Roman opaque red glass bottle
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