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Overall H: 26.1 cm, Diam (max): 14.8 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
The decoration on this elegant pitcher was made by inserting a bubble of molten glass into a cup-shaped mold with vertical ribs, called a dip mold. After it was inflated, the bubble was withdrawn, twisted to make a spiral ribbed pattern, and blown to the desired shape and size.
Demeulenaere, Jean Hubert, Former Collection
Loudmer, Maitre Guy, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent bluish-green glass; blown, rim reworked, handle applied, decoration probably tooled. Bell-shaped body; rim folded outward, upward and inward, to form narrow sloping flange; tall cylindrical neck, slightly constricted at bottom; body flaring to form wide hollow flange, then tapering sharply toward bottom; low pushed in base; no pontil mark; angular handle attached to shoulder and top of neck, flat drawn with central rib, sides splayed at bottom; rib terminates in pincered trail, which extends down body; spiral ribs on lower part of body.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
Glass of the Caesars
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
The Decanter: Ancient to Modern (2018) illustrated, p. 17 (fig. 1);
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 223; BIB# 128671
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 183; BIB# 69319
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 109-110, pl. 602; BIB# 58895
Glass and Ophthalmic Glass (1998) illustrated, p. 47;
Le verre et l'optique oculaire (1997) illustrated, pp. 4, 47; BIB# 101632
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 21, #12; p. 246; BIB# 35679
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 40-41, fig. 16; pp. 7, 9; BIB# 32608
Glass and Ophthalmic Optics (1988) illustrated, p. 4; BIB# 65467
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 141, #69; BIB# 31831
Recent Important Acquisitions, 28 (1986) illustrated, p. 99, #4; BIB# AI17497
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1985 (1986) illustrated, pp. 4, 15; BIB# AI96384
Le Guidargus de la Verrerie: de l’antiquité à nos jours (1985) illustrated, p. 41; cover; BIB# 31525