This supposedly genuine Roman cast glass bowl or patella cup was sold on the antiquities section of eBay for a fair amount of money!
What's wrong with it....apart from appearing on eBay at all!?
And these are the main known patterns created in these forms.
I bought this some 12 years ago and it came from a very respectable collection in the Midlands.
It was sold to me as a Roman mosaic bowl. I didn't know so much about ancient glass at that stage.
One day I showed my collection to one of the best judges of ancient glass that I have ever known, a guy called Gawain McKinley who sadly is no longer with us. He looked at my collection and said .... everything is fine except for one piece.
He was reluctant to tell me which piece as he didn't want to depress me particularly as he guessed rightly that it was the most expensive piece in the collection. Anyway I persuaded him to be frank and he commented that the mosaic bowl for sure was not Roman.
6th September 07
I haven't especially looked at the items offered by the seller of the fake mosaic glass at the top of this page but my attention was drawn to this seller again today and lo and behold, another of these....sold for over $1000.
Which is a stunning bargain ........if it were genuine!
I wonder how many more have sold in the interval?
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