A Romano-Celtic enamel composite vessel section
Lot 143
A Romano-Celtic enamel composite vessel section
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 19,524) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Romano-Celtic enamel composite vessel section
Circa 1st-3rd Century A.D.
Of domed form with a bronze attachment on one side, possibly forming a hinge for the lid, the exterior decorated with four bands of cloisonné enamel, the top band composed of crescents, the three lower bands of interlocking commas or ying-yangs, in red, blue and turquoise enamel, probably the upper section of a small situla, 5¾in (14.5cm) diam, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    French art market, 1990s.

    Literature:
    This lot would appear to be the upper section of an enamel situla, now missing its base. Similar composite enamel vessels have been excavated in Britain, including at Bartlow Hills, Cambridgeshire. Such vessels would have been made in multiple parts and soldered together, as it was not technically possible to execute larger enamel work vessels in one piece. It has been suggested that this lot is British in origin but another example of an elaborately enamelled Roman bronze flask formed in two parts dated to A.D. 250–300, was also found in Charente, France: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. 47.100.5.

    For a discussion of large elaborate enamelled vessels such as the Staffordshire Moorlands Pan, cf. D. Breeze (ed), The First Souvenirs - Enamelled Vessels from Hadrian's Wall, Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeol.Soc., 2012.
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