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LOT 0192

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GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 700
USD ($) 510 - 760

Current bid: £270 (+bp*)
(15 Bids, Reserve met)

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(15 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £270
ROMAN ENAMELLED BRONZE BROOCH
1ST-3RD CENTURY A.D.
2 1/4 in. (61 grams total, 56 mm including stand).

With raised central boss and peripheral discs with red enamel alternating with openwork loops; the body with a double band of blue, white and red enamelling, separated by ropework bands; remains of pin hinge and catchplate to the reverse; accompanied by a custom-made display stand. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
From a private New Jersey collection, 1960-1985.
with Artemis Gallery, Colorado, USA, 8 March 2016, no.45.
Private American collection, New York, USA.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Hattatt, R., Ancient and Romano-British Brooches, Sherborne, 1982, p.141 nos.126,129; Melchart, W., Antike Kostbarkeiten aus Osterreichischem privatbesitz, Wien, 1997, fig.43, for the type.

FOOTNOTES:
A similar brooch is preserved in the Colchester Museum, and similarly decorated brooch discs are visible in the British Museum and have been found in Chesterholm, Vindolanda and Chepstow. It is a Roman provincial type used by military personnel and their families.

CONDITION