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But that's not the end of our misery!
In the collection of the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv there are these dark cobalt blue glass specimens
Alas, I can only find this black and white photo
This is what this type of forgery looks like.
The seller of this said it was Greek and 3rd century BC. He also said that he thought it wa blown glass! (He is correct; but glass blowing was not invented until about 50 BC!)
While on the subject of misattribution of blown glass, this seller on eBay says with great confidence that this is Hellenitic and partly blown!
You are bidding on an extremely attractive iridescent and patinated light green glass flask dating to the Greek Hellenistic period, some 200BC. The glass is manufactured by a combination of moulding and blowing. Its body is globular and constricted where the neck originates, its lips are double folded upon themselves.
Such vessels would have been used for storing cosmetics and medicines in antiquity by the ancient Greeks.
Intact and untouched. This beautiful vessel is displayed and sold on a custom made wooden plynth.
Height: 5 inches.
Provenance: Old English collection acquired through Bonham's UK.
Good Luck with this bargain no reserve auction!
Oh no, no no...
If this were really 200 BC and even partly blown, then the Corning Museum would want it!
There is no evidence of glass blowing before about 50 BC.
Authenticating Ancient Glass
From my experience of collecting ancient glass, over a twenty year period, there are four main pointers I would give to new collectors to help them to gain confidence and knowledge in authenticating ancient glass.
Such museums include the British Museum and the V&A in London. The Ashmolean in Oxford, The Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Bomford collection).
In the USA they have the greatest and finest collections of ancient glass and these can be seen at the Corning Museum of Glass, Yale Museum of Art at New Haven, Newark Museum of Art , The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art.
In Germany you can see an outstanding collection of Western Roman Glass in the Romisch Germanischen Museum Koln. In France the Louvre Museum has a nice collection plus there are many other provincial museums. In Israel The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Ha'aretz Museum Tel Aviv. There are many museums in Italy with fine ancient glass.
WHITEHOUSE -Roman Glass in the Corning Museum in 3 volumes 1997/2001/2003 (also includes section on fakes)
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
CARBONI - Glass of the Sultans
CARBONI - Glass from Islamic Lands
Some General Observations on Ancient Glass
This chart showing the main shapes and the centuries in which they were mostly manufactured is courtesy of The Archaeologoical Journal, 125 (1968).
All serious collectors of ancient glass and indeed any collector wishng to acquire an example of early core formed glass really should have this book!
Another dreadful fake on eBay
You are bidding on an extremely rare Ancient Greek core formed glass mirafiori Amphora, dating to approximately 100 BC, of Black, White, Yellow, and Sky Blue colour glass circumferential bands.
A cylindrical body with a long cylindrical neck leading to a thick blue banded rim.
The skill required to manufacture a vessel of this beauty was absolutely exceptional. Modern artists have tried, and failed to emulate this extraordinary ancient technique.
Such vessels would have been used by the ancients to hold perfume.
Greek and early Roman glass is of a far superior style and is considerably rarer than its later Roman equivalents.
Height: 4 inches .
A couple of minute holes on the rim - otherwise intact and untouched.
Colours wrong, there is no Greek blue like that!
The surface texture is wrong, it has been acid-treated, has no patination of age and the porosity of the glass is as is seen with fakes .
I would be really pleased to hear from anyone who has information about a producer of fake ancient glass from Syria who goes by the name of
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