Late Roman Glass Stemmed Cup

£ 1,250.00

An exquisite late Roman cup of pale green glass, which stands on a stemmed foot. This impressive piece has slightly flaring sides and a thickened, round lip. The short-stemmed circular foot appears folded, while the base is concave with a small central hole. The stem is pushed in to form a button-like knop on the inside of the cup.

Date: Circa 5th century AD.
Provenance: Private Mayfair, London collection, SM.
Condition: Very Fine condition, complete and intact. Earthy accretions to the interior.


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The beauty of the cup is enhanced by the patches of iridescence and areas of darker crust. Roman glass objects have been recovered from domestic, industrial and funerary contexts across the expansive Empire. As in the modern day, glassware in antiquity was considered an art form, with the best pieces were valued higher than wares made from precious metals.

The iridescence on ancient Roman glass was unintentional, and was caused by weathering on its surface. The extent to which a glass object weathers depends mainly on the burial conditions; however, the humidity, heat, and type of soil in which the glass was buried also all affect its preservation.

Weight 39.3 g
Dimensions H 8 cm



Reference: Cf. item 281; The Constable-Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass Part II; Sotheby Parke Bernet; June 1979

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