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Brooch: M.5-1904

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Bronze, overlaid with gold plate. Circular with cruciform design and decorated with carbuncles and glass pastes. In the centre there is a raised setting in which there was, in 1902, a blue cabochan paste - now lost. The ground is covered with "S" scrolls and circles. Reverse: a much rusted iron pin.


History note: William Henry Forman Collection, Pippbrook House, Dorking; his nephew, Major A.H. Browne, Callaly Castle, Northumberland; sold Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 19-22 June 1899, The Forman Collection . . . , lot 442 - described as from Kent. Sir J.G. Carmichael-Gibson, Bart. sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 12 May 1902, Works of Art of the Classic, Medieval and Renaissance Times, lot 185

Legal notes

F. McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 5.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


7th Century
Circa 600 - Circa 700


Described as 'found in the Rhine: Teutonic' when sold in the Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael sale in 1902 (see Documentation). Certainly European.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paste (glass) ( blue cabochan present 1902, lost) garnet
Pin composed of iron ( rusted)
Stones And Pastes

Materials used in production

plated Gold

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1904
Primary reference Number: 118988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 February 2024 Last processed: Thursday 29 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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