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Merovingian Frankish Cloisonné Purse Fitting

Antiquities - Germanic


LOT 2143

Estimate
GBP (£) 225 - 325
EUR (€) 260 - 370
USD ($) 280 - 400

Opening Bid: £225 (EUR 259; USD 280)
MEROVINGIAN FRANKISH CLOISONNé PURSE FITTING
6th-7th century AD

A finely-made D-shaped mount from the flap of a purse, comprising a copper-alloy base decorated with a geometric pattern executed in cloisonné, with glass panels forming an interlocking curvilinear design in clear, dark blue and cupric green shades; a D-shaped cell containing a shaped and polished crystal, surrounded by a single cell of the same shape (now empty but originally filled with an organic material); the gilded border with a horizontal ropework flange; to the reverse, two attachment pins. 9.38 grams, 34mm (1 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
From an old English collection; acquired in the 1970s.

Literature
Cf. Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.23 item 5(f).

Footnotes
The cellwork is executed with copper-alloy strips of about 3mm in height. Similar decorative cloisonné techniques are used on the composite brooch in the Canterbury St. Martins Hoard, associated with the Frankish princess, Bertha, who married into the Kentish royal family in the late 6th century.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
Antiquities & Coins

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