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LOT 1559

GBP (£) 2,500 - 3,500
EUR (€) 2,940 - 4,110
USD ($) 3,320 - 4,650

£2,430 (EUR 2,854; USD 3,227) (+bp*)

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Merovingian Silver Gilt Square Brooch with Garnets

6th-7th century AD

A rectangular silver-gilt plate brooch with slightly bowed edges, raised rim enclosing an S-scroll motif in each angle, four rectangular cells each with an inset garnet cloison, central low-relief rosette motif; pin-lug and catch to the reverse, with old collector's reference 'MS232'. 9.83 grams, 29mm (1"). Fine condition, some restoration.

From an important private Dutch collection; formerly in the collection of Dr. Hanns-Ulrich Haedeke (1928-2017), author of ‘Schmuck Aus Drei Jahrtausenden’ and who became the director of the Museum of Klingenmuseum in Solingen, Germany, in 1968; the collection was formed in the early 1960s; accompanied by an independent specialist report and valuation by graduate gemmologist and jewellery expert Anna Rogers, GIA GG, BA, Gem-A, ref. no.169958/07/12/2020; this lot has also been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10457-169958.

Cf. MacGregor, A. et al., A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, item 59.4, for type.