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Greek Core-Formed Glass Alabastron, ex-Christie's Lot 22A Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 2

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263839702881 LOT 22ASeller's Estimate: USD 3,500 - 4,500 Ancient Greece, Eastern Mediterranean, Classical Period, ca. late 6th to early 5th century BCE. A lovely core-formed glass alabastron, so named because many vessels that assumed this form were made of alabaster. The opaque vessel is comprised of deep cobalt blue glass with yellow and light blue trailing combed into a feathered zigzag pattern to adorn the midsection of the body, and circular bands of similar colors ringing the rounded base, tapered neck and shoulder, and flared rim. Several shallow pattern-molded ribs surround the body, and a pair of petite lug handles is set on the shoulder. A stunning work of expert glass blowing with gorgeous hues and an elegant presentation. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 1.1" W x 3.75" H (2.8 cm x 9.5 cm); 4.625" H (11.7 cm) on included custom stand. The alabastron is a long-bodied vessel with a rounded bottom, a cylindrical neck, and a flat disk for a mouth. Though usually without handles, some alabastra do boast small curving handles, like this example. According to the Beazley Archive of the University of Oxford, the alabastron shape's history extends back to Corinth, but was only preserved in Athenian pottery examples back to the mid-sixth century BCE. Alabastra were created in many materials, including alabaster, and the Greek term for this stone - alabastron (most likely of Egyptian origin) - was the source of inspiration for the name of this shaped vessel. Many examples were finished with a white ground, as if to imitate this stone. We know from vase painting imagery of women using alabastra following a bath, that these vessels most likely held perfumed oils. 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. This alabastron hammered for $4,000 at Christies, New York Antiquities Auction (sale 2755, December 13, 2013, lot 41): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/an-eastern-mediterranean-core-formed-glass-alabastron-circa-5747502-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5747502&sid=f0c34b22-fafd-4896-934c-9995e1c20336 Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Christie's, New York Antiquities Auction (sale 2755, December 13, 2013, lot 41); ex-Margret Koser collection, Hamburg, Germany; thence by descent; ex-Wilhelm Heinrich collection, Frankfurt, Germany, 1960 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. #135006 Condition Report: Repaired from several large pieces with a few areas of restoration, overpainting, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, fading to areas of original coloration, and small chips to rim, handles, body, and base. Light earthen deposits throughout. 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.Antiquities | Egypt, Greece, Italy, Asia offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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