Glass mosaic perfume bottle

Early Imperial
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and blown, trailed, and tooled
Diam.: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Translucent deep cobalt blue, with translucent honey brown, opaque white, opaque light blue, and opaque yellow trails.
    Everted, rounded rim; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downward, with fine indent around base; globular body; concave bottom.
    Striped mosaic pattern of applied trails wound round on a blue ground and then tooled in four strokes, alternating upward and downward, into a broad feather pattern.
    Broken and repaired, with one large chip in rim, and one hole and some small cracks in body; some large bubbles; faint iridescence and small patches of creamy white weathering.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. Le Pecq: Jules Charvet, pp. 46, 138, pl. 5.24.

    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.

    Goodyear, William H. 1885. "The Charvet Collection of Glass." American Journal of Archaeology, 1(2/3): p. 167, pl. 8.2.

    Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 1. Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann, p. 171, fig. 85.

    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. 70.

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

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936. A Special Exhibition of Glass from the Museum Collections: New York, October 13 to November 29, 1936.. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 8, fig. 4.

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

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History