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LOT 0061

Estimate
GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 700
USD ($) 490 - 730

Sold for (Inc. bp): £390

VILLANOVAN SPECTACLE BROOCH
CIRCA 9TH CENTURY B.C.
4 1/2 in. (103 grams total, 11.5 cm wide including stand).

A fibula formed from a single filament rolled into two 'spectacle' discs; one of the spirals terminates in a long pin, the other in a hook that serves as the catchplate; openwork figure-of-eight at the centre; accompanied by a custom-made display stand.

PROVENANCE:
Private collection of L. Farrow, UK.
with Artemis Gallery, Colorado, U.S.A., Exceptional Antiquities Sale, 23 September 2016, lot 10 (part).
Private Australian collection with collection number 16.06.
Accompanied by an illustrated collector's cataloguing document.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Cassani, S., Art of the Italic People from 3000-300 B.C., Naples, 1993, p. 295, no.188, for similar.

FOOTNOTES:
Fibulae of this type are a hallmark of Villanovan culture, first appearing in the 11th century B.C. and continuing into the 5th century B.C.

CONDITION