Glass mosaic bottle

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and blown, and tooled
H. 6.20 cm.
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Translucent cobalt blue, almost opaque deep purple, and opaque white.
    Everted, horizontal rim with angular outer lip; cylindrical neck, tapering downward, with slight horizontal indent around base; squat globular body; slightly indented bottom.
    Marbled mosaic pattern formed from alternating sections of two canes: the first in a blue ground with white parallel lines in a irregular zigzag pattern; the second in a purple ground also with white parallel lines in a irregular zigzag pattern.
    Intact, except for one chip in underside of rim; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescence.
    Rotary grinding marks on exterior.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Neapolis (modern Naples), Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. V, 27)

    Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. Le Pecq: Jules Charvet, pp. 46, 138, pl. 5.27.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 215-16.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 11, 14, fig. 8.

    Eisen, Gustavus A. 1926. "Stratified Glass by Sidonian Artists." The International Studio: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Fine & Applied Art, 83 (March): p. 69.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 11, 14, fig. 8.

    Forbes, Robert J. 1957. Studies in Ancient Technology, Vol. 5. Leiden: Brill, p. 170, fig. 32 left.

    Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, Elizabeth J. Milleker, ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 52, pp. 64-65, 67, 207.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History