London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
AN OSTROGOTHIC GLASS INLAID BRONZE BELT BUCKLE
LATE 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
The rectangular catchplate decorated with clear and amber glass in cloisonné technique, in the form of a rosette with central raised rectangular faceted inlay and a border of square inlays, 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.) long; a Frankish gilt bronze buckle plate, triangular with large gilt bronze domed boss at each corner, remains of rivets beneath, traces of gilding in parallel grooves along each side, 7th Century A.D., 3 in. (7.6 cm.) long; and a West Ostrogothic inlaid bronze plaque with remains of green and amber glass inlays, traces of gilding, pierced in corners for attachment, 5th-7th Century A.D., 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) long (3)
Heidi Vollmoeller; item one acquired in 1993, Hôtel Drouot, Paris; item two acquired in 1992; and item three sold Münzen und Medaillen Basel, Auktion 60, 21 September 1982, no. 157.
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Item three: Antiken, Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich, 1985, 4, no. 58.
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