Romano-Egyptian Millefiori Glass Pendant


A fine Romano-Egyptian glass fragment pendant displaying a millefiori pattern. This piece of glass was likely part of a bowl or vessel.  The opaque glass features a dark blue background with vibrant red and yellow flowers and blue and white flowers. The fragment has been placed in a modern silver frame held in place with silver claws. A loop sits at the top for suspension.

The chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: Circa 1st century BC – 1st century AD
Provenance: Ex Gallery Mikazuki prior to 1984 property of a London gentleman.
Condition: Very fine condition

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The creation of millefiori patterns in glass was a time-consuming technique that took skill and patience. Thin canes of different colours were heated together in a certain order, producing the flower patterns, hence the name millefiori meaning thousand flowers. It was then fuse into one larger cane and stretched to reduce the size of the imagery and left to cool. The cane was then sliced into small discs and formed into beads or placed across a hot glassware vessel. The vessel would be blown for a second time to merge the pieces of glass and then left to cool in the desired shape. This process was originally discovered by the Egyptians when producing Millefiori glass and then later developed by the Greeks and Romans.

Weight 7.1 g
Dimensions L 4 x W 1.9 cm




Reference: For a similar item,Bonhams, London, 28th April 2010, lot 38

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