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LOT 0308

Estimate
GBP (£) 20,000 - 30,000
EUR (€) 23,680 - 35,520
USD ($) 25,530 - 38,300

BRONZE AGE MASSIVE BROOCH WITH PENDANTS
11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
15 3/4" (855 grams, 40cm).

Believed to be the largest known bronze brooch of it's type known to exist, formed as two lozenge-section bars with a tight spiral to each end, larger median spiral with coiled spring and wound catch; eight openwork vertical plaques each with a stylised duck above and loop, pair of rings twenty-three sword-shaped pendants and one chevron-shaped.

PROVENANCE:
Property of a German lady living in London, acquired from Gorny & Mosch, auction 198, 29 June 2011, lot 54; previously property of an English professional, acquired before 1970s. Supplied with a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. Also accompanied by a copy of positive metallurgic analytical results, written by Metallurgist Dr. Peter Northover (ex Department of Materials, Materials Science-Based Archaeology Group & Department of Materials, University of Oxford) and a copy of the original invoice.

PUBLISHED:
Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate.

LITERATURE:
See similar brooch in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: 2007.498.1a, b.

CONDITION