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Merovingian Frankish Pair of Silver Gilt Brooches

Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking


LOT 572

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,400 - 1,800
EUR (€) 1,580 - 2,030
USD ($) 1,940 - 2,500
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £1,610

MEROVINGIAN FRANKISH PAIR OF SILVER GILT BROOCHES

6th-7th century AD. A pair of Merovingian Frankish bow brooches with animal-head terminals; the headplate rectangular with scrolled upper edge, bearing stylized zoomorphic designs within a raised silver border with triangular nielloed punchmarks; the bow shallow, with three plain ribs and two hatched gilded panels; the footplate convex bearing zoomorphic motifs within a similar border; the finial formed as an animal mask with lentoid eyes, the border decoration continued onto its brow and muzzle; on the reverse, the pin-lugs and catchplate complete. Silver-gilt, 38.9 grams total, 80 mm each. [2]

Condition
Very fine condition, pins lost in antiquity.

Provenance
From an old English collection.

Literature
See Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders.

Footnotes
The scrolled detail on the headplate evolved from the more usual radiating knops of this brooch-type.

Date
Thursday 16th December 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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