A beautifully presented set of Roman Fibula Brooches, dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.
The group forms part of the well-known Chris Rudd collection formed in the 1970s and 1980s, and comprises:
- A 1st - 2nd century Dolphin Brooch – so named as the curved bow resembles the back of a breaching dolphin.
- A large enamelled 1st – 2nd century Disc Brooch with central knop.
- A 3rd century Romano-British Trumpet Brooch - best described in the words of the late Richard Hattatt (a recognised world authority on Roman fibula brooches), “The mature British trumpet brooch is, at its best, a thing of considerable beauty and is found nowhere else in the world, other than the occasional stray.”
- A stunning 2nd century Plate Brooch with remains of enamel.
- An intricately cast Bow and Fantail Brooch of the early first century with an intact head loop. This would have been used to link a chain from the brooch to an identical brooch worn on the opposite shoulder.
The Roman fibula brooch was essentially a fancy safety pin (fibula means clasp) and was ubiquitous throughout the Roman republic and empire. While buckles were common, and buttons occasionally used, the pin and catchplate clasp of the fibula lent itself to the flowing robes, tunics and cloaks of the Roman period.
With an excellent provenance and framed and hand finished in a 'shabby chic' Jura frame, this unique collection would grace the wall of any room.
Outer Frame: 74cm x 24cm
ROMAN BROOCH COLLECTION
Acquired by Timeless in 2018 on the specialist UK antiquities market, formerly part of the renowned Chris Rudd collection, Norfolk, UK.