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Imitation of a Roman Toilet Bottle

Object Details

Title:

Imitation of a Roman Toilet Bottle

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Modern

Place:

Europe (?) (Place Created)

Date:

20th century

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

78.AK.30

Dimensions:

12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

This bipartite piriform glass bottle is a pastiche made in imitation of an ancient Roman toilet bottle. The lower part of the body is made of clear glass with relief (molded?) decoration. The upper body and neck, which has trailed decoration, are in cobalt blue glass.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1933

Emile Tabbagh, 1879 - 1933

1933 - 1936

Estate of Emile Tabbagh, 1879 - 1933 [sold, Anderson Galleries, New York, January 3, 1936, lot 13.]

- 1940

Harry Leonard Simmons [sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 5, 1940, lot 99, through French and Co. to J. Paul Getty.]

1940 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Anderson Galleries, New York. Sale cat., Emile Tabbagh collection, January 3-4, 1936, lot 13, ill.

Parke-Bernet, New York. Sale cat., H. Leonard Simmons coll., April 4-5, 1940, lot 99.

Frel, Jiří. "Imitations of Ancient Sculpture in Malibu." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 9 (Malibu: 1981). pp. 69-82, p. 69, n. 4 (where cited as 78.AJ.30).