Jar with Two Handles

Object Name: 
Jar with Two Handles

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Object Name: 
Jar with Two Handles
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
59.1.88
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 11.7 cm, Diam (max): 5.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 50-75
Web Description: 
One early method of decorating blown vessels was by applying random fragments of colored glass to produce a speckled effect. This was achieved by reheating the partly formed vessel and either rolling it in loose fragments or dropping the fragments onto it. The glassmaker could then reheat it and roll it on a marver (in Roman times, probably a stone slab) until the fragments were flush. Further inflation would enlarge and distort the flattened fragments, giving the glass a multicolored appearance. This may have been an inexpensive means of imitating costly mosaic glass. Glass with a speckled surface seems to have been a specialty of northern Italian glasshouses in the first century A.D. The jar shown here was decorated by gathering molten glass on the blowpipe, rolling it in chips of colored glass, and blowing the glass to the desired size and shape.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
1959-07-27
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Transparent blue glass; blown, blobbed, marvered. Pyriform body; rim folded down, over and in; neck splays and merges imperceptibly with body; hollow concave base; two applied handles with crimped extensions at bottom. Body and handles decorated with opaque white, yellow and red blobs, marvered in, and in many cases disfigured by bubbles which have burst.
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-03
National Gallery of Art 1990-12 through 1991-04
 
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
Glass of the Caesars
Venue(s)
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
 
Glass from the Ancient World
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Venue(s)
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
 
Fragiles y asombrosos (2014-05) illustrated, p. 39, upper;
5000 Years of Glass (British Museum, new ed) (2012) illustrated, p. 250, #88; BIB# 133950
vetri a Roma (2012) illustrated, p. 28, fig. 23;
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 34-35; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 34-35; BIB# 135965
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum) (2012) illustrated, p. 250, fig. 88; BIB# 133950
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 67; BIB# 99164
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Rev ed.) (2004) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 98761
Glass: making use of the secrets of matter (2003) illustrated, p. 34; BIB# 76451
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, Revised) (1999) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 65713
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) pp. 209-210, #361; p. 207; p. 362, #361; BIB# 58895
A World of Art (1995) p. 318, fig. 409; BIB# 45677
La Fenice di Sabbia: Storia e Tecnologia del vetro Antico (1995) illustrated, p. 117, pl. 198; p. 122, fig. 198; p. 123; BIB# 39935
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Paperback) (1995) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 27096
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 10, #15; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 20, #10; p. 246; BIB# 35679
Glass, 5000 Years (1991) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 33963
Cinquemila anni di vetro (1991) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 35145
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press) (1991) illustrated, p. 226, fig. 88; BIB# 34319
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 47;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 44-45, pl. 14; BIB# 33819
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum (1990) illustrated, #14; BIB# 34085
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 26, #12; BIB# 33211
Le Verre des Cesars (1988-02) p. 22, ill.;
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 28-29, fig. 10; pp. 7, 9; BIB# 32608
Glass of the Caesars (1987-08) illustrated, p. 83; BIB# 38149
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 112, #45; BIB# 31831
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #10; BIB# 34348
Book of Glass (1986) p. 28;
Vetro Mosaico, Millefiori, Murrine (1985) vol. XXIX, #1-4, pp. 5-21, ill. p. 14;
Special Report: The Corning Glass Center (1985) p. 16;
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 9, right; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 23, #12; BIB# 21161
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 92-93, #158; BIB# 27315
Verrerie Antique (1954-09) illustrated, p. 13;
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 17-18, #47, col. pl. on cover; BIB# 28196