REAL or FAKE:>>Fake ancient glass>>fake core formed glass 3
10th February 2008
Unfortunatley the standard of fake core formed glass on the market, especially on eBay has become rather better over the last coule of years.
Some are beong made in a workshop in Italy but most of it comes from Damascus.
Lets just stick with the two handled amphoriskos form.
Which are the two genuine pieces here?
Whereas you will hopefully be able to discount several right away, another couple may wel pose a challenge.
Let's look at a fake more closely.
And this one?
This orange colour doesn't exist in ancient core formed glass. Also the vessel is too squat and the feathering too rigid and not natural at all.
Compare with a close up of a genune piece.
If you are going to buy such a piece ask your seller to point you to parallels in the major reference works: If he canot, then how does he know it's genuine?
WHITEHOUSE -Roman Glass in the Corning Museum in 3 volumes 1997/2001/2003
GOLDSTEIN - Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass at Corning. (Contains section on fakes)
HAYES - Roman and Pre-Roman glass at the Royal Ontario Museum
MATHESON - Ancient Glass in Yale
SOTHEBY'S - Constable Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass
GOLDSTEIN - Ancient Glass Miho Museum
YAEL ISRAELI - Wonders of Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum
AUTH - Ancient Glass in the Newark Museum
EISEN - Glass, in two volumes
STERN - Roman Mould Blown Glass
KUNINA - Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Museum
CHRISTIES- The Kofler Truniger Museum Ancient Glass
HARDEN - Glass of the Caesars
STERN - Early Ancient Glass in the Ancient World
GROSE - Early Ancient Glass in the Toledo Museum
The Fascination of Ancient Glass - Dolf Schut Collection
Fake core formed glass often comes along with a very fine covering of a white substance.
Genuine pieces can aslo show a white surface erosion but it is generally does not come off merely by rubbing with one's finger recealing pefectly pristine smooth glass underneath.
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