A Roman green glass conical cup

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Lot 202
A Roman green glass conical cup

Sold for £ 4,800 (US$ 6,265) inc. premium

Antiquities

28 Apr 2010, 11:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A Roman green glass conical cup
First half of the 4th Century A.D.
The deep cup with a cut-off and ground rim, two wheel-scratched bands on the exterior below the rim, decorated beneath with three large applied and marvered blobs in blue glass alternating with triangular groups of six smaller blue blobs, 3½in (9cm) high, 4½in (11.5cm) diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private UK collection, acquired in the 1970s.

    Literature:
    An almost identical cup in the British Museum formerly in the L.P. di Cesnola and Felix Slade Collections, was found in Cyprus together with a shallow bowl with matching decoration (Donald B. Harden et al., Glass of the Caesars, exhibition catalogue, (Milan 1987), p.113, no.46). The high quality of the decoration on these pieces and on another example also from Cyprus in the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery suggests that these are early examples of a type of decoration that continued into the 5th Century.
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