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GLS 609
GLS 609

Tall Flask

GLS 609

probably Bohemia

later 19th century

GLS 609
GLS 609, enamelled inscription inside foot

Tall Flask

GLS 609

probably Bohemia

later 19th century

heavy ruby glass, blown and tooled, with enamelled decoration and gilding

height 50cm 

This is a rather free copy of an early 14th century enamelled Mamluk flask acquired by Baron Gustave de Rothschild in Paris in 1864 and illustrated in Eugène-Victor Collinot and Adalbert de Beaumont’s Ornements de la Perse, a section of a 19th-century encyclopaedia of oriental decorative arts. There, as on the present piece, however, it is misidentified as ‘art sassanide’.

Ruby glass was a well-known 19th-century Bohemian speciality and this flask was very probably produced in the factory of J. & L. Lobmeyr at Adolfov in southern Bohemia.

S.M. Goldstein et al, Glass. From Sasanian Antecedents to European Imitations, The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XV, London 2005, cat.339, pp.316–17.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.461, pp. 378–9.