Roman glass bottle with beautiful colour bands

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Object: Roman glass bottle with beautiful colour bands

Material: Opaque glass with bands in white and different shades of blue.

Period: First half of the 1st cent. AD.
Roman Imperial period.

Description:    Small glass bottle with a double-conical body and cylindrical neck. At the bottom the vessel is flattened into a base. At the top, the neck ends in an outward facing lip. The vertical color bands in dark blue, light blue and white are noteworthy. They imitate a marbled stone and make the bottle a small work of art.

Dimensions: 84mm height. 58mm diameter.

Condition: Great overall impression and very good condition. There are professional restorations. The lip and the neck right below the lip have been reassembled from two fragments. One fragment has been reinserted at the side into the body. The bottom of the bottle has been restored and stabilized. The surface is wonderfully preserved with clearly visible color bands. One side has an iridescent patina in parts and some find incrustations. At the bottom there is an old sticker reading "G N10" and a small dot of adhesive paste to improve the stance of the bottle. It stands on its own.

Provenance: Acquired by us on the US-American art market in 2022. From the US-American Kislak family foundation. Previously in the US-American private collection of Jay I. Kislak (1922-2018). Acquired into the collection in 1989 from the antiquities store Sasson in Jerusalem, Israel, and exported to the United States in the same year. We have a copy of Sasson's certificate and a Polaroid of the object. Local use and probably also production in the Roman province of Judaea or at least in the eastern Mediterranean can be assumed.

The real estate entrepreneur Jay I. Kislak (1922-2018) had a wide range of historical and cultural interests. With great energy he built up an important collection, also including numerous Roman antiquities with a focus on glasses and pottery from the Holy Land.
Academically and politically, Mr. Kislak was engaged, for example, in the US Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee, in the historical associations of Florida and Southern Florida, and at the universities of Miami and St. Leo.
His interest in local history led to the establishment of an impressive Florida and American history collection. But it was precisely this most important part of the collection that Mr. Kislak let go first. He donated 4,000 works on American history to the US Library of Congress in 2004. As of 2017, four exhibition locations were opened, at the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and later at the University of Pennsylvania and Monmouth University. They serve for the cultural education of new generations.
In this spirit of promoting education, further objects were placed on the art market. This is how a family foundation was financed, set up to pursue educational goals. The first major auction took place at Sotheby's New York in 2021 and focused on recent and modern pieces from the collection.
The objects from the Jay I. Kislak Collection that have returned to the market cycle of art not only inspire directly, but also promote the cultural interest of new generations through funding from the Kislak Foundation.

References: Similar Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. no. 06.1035.2.
Also the art market has seen similar color band glass bottles. See Christie's auctions London 2 April 2014 lot 5, as well as New York 12 April 2022 lot 127 (sold for 5,040 USD, or 4,800 EUR at the time) and 26 January 2023 lot 131 (sold for 10,080 USD, or 9,500 EUR at the time).

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