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29th December

On eBay

Advertised as:






 1st Century B.C.


 Mosaic Glass


 11 cm (height) X 6 cm (diameter)


 Very Good; professionally restored from all original pieces; beautiful bluish-purple patina


 Private Collection




 From David

The proportions are quite abnormal. It is much taller relative to width than one usually sees with these Patella cups. Also the ring base is much smaller in diameter than normal due to the upward stretching of the shape. The florets or individual colour canes are not a recognised form and the yellowish ground colour I have not seen before in a mosaic bowl.

My overwhelming impression is that it is a reproduction but once again we have to ask the question how are they creating the patina which on the florets looks silvery and quite convincing?