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LOT 0104

GBP (£) 2,500 - 3,500
EUR (€) 2,950 - 4,130
USD ($) 3,040 - 4,250

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£2,250 (EUR 2,654; USD 2,733) (+bp*)

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A suite of sheet-gold jewellery items comprising: a discoid solar-style pendant with repoussé ornament consisting of a central boss in roundel, repeated in miniature around the border, tapering rays between, two suspension loops above; two matching bifacial earrings with bituminous cores, each formed with a central crescent ornamented with pellets and a collar of tear-shaped lobes; a possible diadem of rectangular form decorated with pellets to the perimeter; held in a custom-made, lined presentation box. 1 3/4 - 8 7/8 in. (11 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.) (62.33 grams total, 4.3-22.5 cm (1 kg total, 29.5 x 26.5 cm including box)). [4]

Acquired before the early 1970s.
Ex London, UK, gallery.
With Bonham's, London, 3 April 2014, lot 81.
Property of a London gentleman.
Accompanied by a copy of the relevant Bonham's catalogue pages.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11305-191940.

See Various, Gold of the Thracian Horsemen, Treasures from Bulgaria, Montreal, 1987, fig.228; Williams, D. and Ogden, J., Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World, New York, 1995, for comparable items and discussion;

The pellets ornamenting the diadem of the treasure seems similar to some repoussé dots of pectorals from Thrace, and the general style of the whole ensemble recalls elements of the archaic period, like the rosettes forming the earrings. It is possible that the set was done in the periphery of the Greek world, in Macedonia or Thrace.