Ancient glass so often intrigues and fascinates, beguiling us with its luscious colouring. This deliciously patterned perfume container is no exception.
Core-form is amongst the earliest methods of making glass. The molten glass was wrapped around an organic core; thin trails of glass were laid around the body and combed in two directions to form the feathering, the vessel was then marvered to create the smooth surface.
Sold to an Australian museum in 2016
Greek core-formed opaque blue glass alabastron, with trailing
4th-2nd century BC
Thomas Barlow Walker (1840-1928), Minneapolis, USA
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc, New York, The Thomas Barlow Walker Collection of Antiquities and Oriental Works of Art, sold for the Benefit of the Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, 26th September 1972, lot 16
Peter and Traudi Plesch, UK; collection no. AGv11C, acquired from the above