Roman Aubergine Glass Pitcher
An ancient Roman aubergine glass pitcher of tear drop form with with a disk foot and everted rim with applied rolled band below; the handle applied in green glass with nodules mimicking a tree branch.
Ca. 1st - 3rd century AD.
Ancient glass manufacture had begun in the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Greeks and Phoenicians advanced glass technology greatly in the latter 1st millennium BC. In the early 1st century AD, Roman workshops began producing blown glass on a large scale. Eventually glass vessels came to replace a wide variety of pottery and metal wares in the ancient world. Ancient Roman glass was traded far beyond the Roman empire. Roman glass vessels have been found in Scandinavia, India, and in Han Dynasty tombs in China.
Formerly in a New York private collection; previously, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, May 16, 1980, lot 59; previously, Estate of Gretchen Hoyt Corbett, Portland, Oregon