In addition to Robert Lawrence Balzer’s extensive collection of files and photographs, are many unique artifacts. You can find an article about the collection in the Fall 2008 Poly Trends magazine.
A wine vessel used as a cup for heating and drinking. Sides are decorated with the mythical Taotie monster, offering protection to its own clan and terror to others. Two protuberances on top of the vessel were probably used when lifting it out of the heat.
Etruscan ceramic blackware vessel on a high flaring foot, with a hatched decorative lower edge.
Ultra lightweight and beautifully iridescent glass, from the 1st century AD.
Terracotta Tang Dynasty Horse (618-907 AD) inspired by a Wei Dynasty (386-535 AD) tomb horse.
Assortment of 19th century European silver "wine tasters" or "tastevins" used for tasting as well as assessing the color and clarity of the wine
18th century Irish crystal wine goblets: the large one uses the “cotton twist” stem design; the smaller one, used for dessert wines, has the “air twist” stem pattern.
Six green and gold and six amber and gold wine goblets with gold grape leaves and grape cluster designs on bases and bowls, with beveled stems. Purchased in Vienna in 1951.
Wine goblet bowls are richly ornamented with thick gold designs, standing on a sturdy base of green glass.
Apple shaped ceramic bowl with bluish green glaze. The cover lifts to reveal an internal compartment divided into three sections.
The bust of Robert Lawrence Balzer was created in Milan in 1997 by Italian sculptor Achille Guzzardella.
Highly ornamented combination silver rice bowl and wine cup (stacked one on top of the other). Gift from the Royal Family of Cambodia, presented by Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
A statue of an eagle clutching clusters of grapes. A trophy presented to Robert Lawrence Balzer by the Sebastiani family for his role in the advancement of California wines. "We are indebted to you for raising the level of wine knowledge in America & inspiring California winemakers to produce the world's finest wines. With our appreciation - November 3. 1984"