A fine Roman silver Trulla
Lot 218*
A fine Roman silver trulla
Sold for £48,000 (US$ 80,679) inc. premium
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A fine Roman silver trulla
Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D.
The bowl with plain lathe-turned rings around the tondo, the centre with engraved decoration inlaid with gold showing an urn on a plinth, scrolling vines emanating from within, the design set at right angles to the handle, with lathe-turned rings and a band of gold beaded granulation around the rim, the flat handle cast and chased in high relief with a gilded scrolling, fruiting vine emanating from an urn, the shoulders attached to the vessel rim with the head of a long-beaked bird on either side, their gilded eyes with pierced pupils, the bowl set on a ring base with concentric circles, 65g, 9½in (24cm) length with handle, 5½in (14cm) diameter of bowl, mounted


  • Provenance:
    Property of a German physician, acquired in the 1960s.

    A close parallel to the scrolling vine on the handle of this piece is the trulla (ladle or saucepan) found at Chatuzange (Department Drome, France) in April 1888 and purchased by the British Museum in 1893 [GR.1893.5-1.5), cf. H.B. Walters, BMC Silver Plate: Greek, Etruscan & Roman (London 1921) no.135, Pl.XIX. The British Museum piece along with its fellows from the hoard is discussed in greater detail in Exhibition Catalogue, Tresors d’Orfeverie Gallo-Romains (Paris and Lyon 1989) no.192. The Chatuzange trulla is similar in size to the present lot (15.3cm long, bowl diameter 7.5cm). Walters (Op. cit., no. 136) dates a companion trulla from the same hoard, also in the British Museum by reference to elements in the design which relate to the coinage of Trajan struck in AD 115. In general, trullae of this type have been found in many parts of the Roman Empire, though the find-spot of roman silver is not a guide to its place of manufacture.
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