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The curious tale of the Glass Stopper

So...something new, different, interesting and finally available to my hot little hands to research in the land of late Persian glass... All of the "real" late Persian saddles have an inner seat on the lip - a recessed ridge that would have helped in sealing the...

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A Rosewater Sprinkler by any other name…

Gulab pash, Gulab dani, Ashkdan, tear catcher...? So many names, one kind of bottle. This is a short note about one that just added itself to my shelves... That sense of delight you feel when the piece of glass that shows up is about half the size that you were...

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Unlocking Latin Tales of Persian Wines

In 1712, Engelbert Kaempfer, a German naturalist, published his Amoenitatum Exoticarum, with one chapter devoted to Persian wine, rose water and glass bottle production. Unfortunately for me, Kaempfer thought it best to write his stories in Latin, a language which is...

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The Late Late LATE Persian show…

So...one of the things I've been trying to figure out about late Persian glass is what is "fake" (I define "fake" as "not intended for use as a utilitarian container) and what is real. And there was a definite class of bottles, many of which have a huge knobby lip on...

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Double or Nothing!!

A month ago, I didn't know this shape existed in late Persians. And now there are two! Picture your typical (yawn) late Persian saddle flask - except with a wide mouth. Same thing the Dutch and English (and no doubt others) did to their onions and occasionally to...

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And then there were three…

Two years ago, when I purchased Marlena Fairbourne's awesome collection of late Persian glass, there were two beautiful globular bottles, and one of them was the only sealed Persian she owned. Stunning pieces of glass, and of a very pure quality. About a month ago, a...

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