Roman millefiori disc by Unknown Artist

This disc is a key piece for the study of Roman millefiori and enamel work.

Details

Medium:
Copper alloy & glass
Dimensions:
Diameter: 4.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£830 ( Total: £2,260; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Private vendor

It is one of only three known British examples and is in exceptional condition, retaining all its minutely detailed inlay and original colouring. It may have been a decoration for horse harness or sword equipment and relates to a wider series of enamelled bronze prestige items made in Roman Britain and the north-western provinces of the Roman Empire. It was reportedly found in Oxfordshire but may have originated in Cologne, a Roman glass making centre.

Provenance

Allegedly found in Oxfordshire...Purchased 1985 at an antiques fair, London by a private collector and thence by descent; Bonham's, 2005; private collection.

Venue details

The Oxfordshire Museum Fletcher's House, Park Street, WOODSTOCK Oxfordshire OX20 1SN 01993 811 456 www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

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