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Merovingian Frankish Gilt Bird Brooch

Antiquities - Germanic


LOT 0342

Estimate
GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 350 - 460
USD ($) 380 - 500

Opening Bid: £300 (EUR 348; USD 375)
MEROVINGIAN FRANKISH GILT BIRD BROOCH
6th century AD

A silver-gilt bird-shaped plate brooch of the popular Frankish 'Vogelfibel' type comprising a convex-sided central panel with billeted surface, a roundel cell for the eye and a hooked cell for the beak; to the right side a stylised claw and beneath a transverse rectangular cell, both provided with a gold foil backing to add sparkle to the cloison garnets which were once set into the cells; pin-lug and catchplate to the reverse, the catchplate placed at the top of the brooch and the pin hinged from behind the tail (the reverse of normal practice). 4.20 grams, 29mm (1 1/4"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a gentleman; acquired in the 1960s.

Literature
Cf. Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007, p.464, item VII.10.24.

Footnotes
Bird-brooches were popular with high-status Frankish females in the earlier 6th century AD and the fashion was adopted by neighbouring peoples such as the Cantware in Kent.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
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