Lot 88

A PAIR OF GOTHIC FIBULAE WITH GARNET INLAYS Circa 6th Century A.D. The gilded trapezoidal catch plate with raised linear and spiral patterning is inset with triangles of niello and further decorated with round cabochon garnets to the protruding nodal points, a high arched ribbed bow, inlaid with triangles of niello, with a gilded semi circular plate hiding the spring, decorated with raised serpentine lines, niello inlay and five raised baluster shaped elements around the edge, 8cm long each, (2) Literature: A larger pair are illustrated in R Wehrli et al, ‘Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzer’ (Zurich1964) pl. 47, no. 603. Another pair, referred to as Frankish or Germanic, are illustrated in Torkom Demirjian et al, ‘Treasure of the Dark Ages in Europe’ (New York, 1991) p. 151, no. 252. Provenance: Private collection, Germany, acquired circa 1975.

Estimate: £600-£800