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Gorgeous Greek Core-Form Glass Amphoriskos Lot 13 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Jul 19

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (36) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263799541149 LOT 13Seller's Estimate: USD 7,000 - 9,000 Ancient Greece, Classical period, ca. 5th century BCE. A stunning example of a core-formed glass amphoriskos once used to hold scented oils. The near-miniature vase boasts an exceptionally elegant form with an ovoid body that is finely contoured with vertical ribs, twin handles that gracefully join the shoulder to the cylindrical neck, and an everted discoid rim, all upon a slightly splayed foot. The decoration of this piece is simply gorgeous, with the cobalt blue body wound with azure and golden yellow thread-like trails applied in a close-knit zigzag or feathered pattern. The golden trails continue above the feathered pattern - encircling the neck as well as the rim - as well as beneath the feathering and below the base. An opulent example of glass-working to be treasured for its sumptuous form, lustrous sheen, fabulous hues, and sophisticated technique. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 1.875" W x 3.75" H (4.8 cm x 9.5 cm); 4.3" H (10.9 cm) on included custom stand. According to the Corning Museum of Glass, core forming is "the technique of forming a vessel by winding or gathering molten glass around a core supported by a rod. After forming, the object is removed from the rod and annealed. After annealing, the core is removed by scraping" (https://www.cmog.org/glass-dictionary/core-forming). This process of glass making was begun in the late 16th century BCE by glassmakers of Mesopotamia, and then adopted by Egyptian glassmakers in the 15th century BCE. The technique almost came to an end in the so-called Dark Ages of Mediterranean civilization (1200 to 900 BCE); however, by the 9th century BCE a new generation of glassmakers took up the technique once again, and between the 6th and 4th century BCE core-forming spread throughout the Mediterranean. A similar example hammered for $6,250 at Christie's, New York Antiquities Auction (sale 2856, June 5, 2014, lot 40): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/an-eastern-mediterranean-core-formed-glass-amphoriskos-circa-5800551-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5800551&sid=3189dc20-b233-485f-878b-67d6274070e8 Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #133152 Condition Report: Repaired from multiple pieces with small areas of restoration along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age as expected, minute nicks to base, body, handles, and neck, with fading to some pigmentation. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Fine Antiquities/Ethnographic Art offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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