The fragments are from 1st century BC/AD Roman cast glass vessels. The glass is of a type known as 'reticello' (meaning glass with a small network). It is a form made with criss-crossing opaque white or coloured threads of glass, embedded in transparent glass which are called canes.
Roman cast glass vessels made from mosaic glass were luxury pieces of tableware used by the elite in Roman society. The technique used by highly skilled artisans to create these brilliantly coloured vessels was incredibly laborious and time-consuming, making them very expensive. We are delighted to be collaborating with photographer Jaron James on this project. Having worked together for many years photographing beautiful and captivating objects, the idea for this exhibition arose from Jaron’s pleasure in shooting select parts of objects, the details.
Jaron James (b.1975) graduated in Documentary Photography in 2000 from Newport University, South Wales. Since then Jaron has photographed for The Science Museum, and worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum for five years.
Now freelancing, Jaron works with a strong client base which includes The National Trust, English Heritage, Leighton House, Art UK, The Powell Cotton Museum and various important Fine Art and Ancient Art dealers.