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LOT 0433

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Iron Age Celtic Twisted Bar Bracelet with La Tène Terminals

1st century BC

A gold penannular bracelet comprising two gold bars twisted about their own axis and twisted around each other into a penannular form; applied loop finials each with high-relief La Tène comma-leaf ornament to the outer faces and pellets to the upper face, shallow channel to the underside. 25.77 grams, 77mm (3"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a Hertfordshire, UK, lady; by descent from her mother Marilyn Timberlake of Watford; previously the property of her grandfather, Mr Leslie Derek Timberlake; prior to that acquired by her great grandfather, Leslie Edward Timberlake in continental Europe in the late 1950s.
Literature
See Jope, E.M., Early Celtic Art in the British Isles, 2 vols, Oxford, 2000; see also Farley, J. and Hunter, F., Celts Art and Identity, London, 2015.
Footnotes
The design of the piece is strongly reminiscent of the gold torcs from Ipswich, Suffolk (Jope, plate 114a, 116-7i) which feature a similar expansive La Tène design to the loops and similar two-band shank.