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LOT 1435

Estimate
GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 360 - 480
USD ($) 410 - 540

Opening Bid
£270 (EUR 323; USD 368) (+bp*)

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Merovingian Gilt Silver Fly Brooch

5th-6th century AD

A silver-gilt brooch formed as a stylised fly; hollow-formed D-section body with flared D-shaped wings each with a possibly replaced inset garnet cloison; domed head with applied filigree details, two round cells with inset cabochon garnet eyes; catch and ferrous remains of the pin to the reverse. 9 grams, 35mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
German collection before 2000.
Collection of Mr D.H., formed in UK, from the EU art market.
Property of a Surrey gentleman.

Literature
See Arrhenius, B., Merovingian Garnet Jewellery, Stockholm, 1985, for discussion.