Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass bottle shaped like a bunch of grapes

Mid Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
H.: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent blue green, with same color handle.
Rim folded out, down, round, and in; flaring mouth; misshapen cylindrical neck with concave sides; lentoid body; round bottom; rod handle attached to edge of shoulder in a pad, drawn up vertically, turned in, and folded onto underside of mouth and rim. Raised mold mark visible only at base of neck on one side, but one continuous mold seam must run around body.
Body molded into the shape of a tri-lobed bunch of grapes with a single, large, five-pointed grape leaf hanging over grapes on each side.
One third of rim and one handle missing, with hole in shoulder where it was once attached; some bubbles; dulling, thick ring of encrustation around bottom on exterior, soil encrustation, weathering, and brilliant iridescence on interior.
Said to be from Saint-Just-sur-Dive, Poitou, France (Fillon, 1864, p. 192; Froehner, 1879, p. 138, pl. IV, 20).

Before 1864, found in Saint-Just-sur-Dive, Poitou, France; by 1864, collection of Mr. de Fouschier, Thouars, France; between 1864 and 1879, purchased by Jules Charvet; by 1879 and 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.
Fillon, Benjamin. 1864. L'Art de Terre chez les Poitevins, suivi d'une étude sur l'ancienneté de la fabrication du verre en Poitou. p. 192, Niort: L. Clouzot.

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 58 n. 4, 138, pl. IV, 20, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 78g, New York: W. E. Rudge.

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