An enamelled bronze Roman amphora photographed at the National Exhibition of Works of Art at Leeds in 1868

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The text panel accompanying the plate states:


A VERY elegant Roman bronze Amphora of champ-leve enamel, in patterns of birds, scrolls, vine leaves, and grapes, filled in with opaque-coloured enamels, many of which (except the red and green) are decayed. This rare example is of the same general character and of the same period as the well known Romano-British vase found on the Bartlow Hills, in Essex, which is enamelled throughout in green, red, and blue, with foliage, tendrils and bands. From the simplicity of the forms, and the chasteness of ornamentation, it is easy to recognize in both examples the work of Gaulish enamellers. This was used as a drinking cup; the Bartlow vessel for carrying wine, being provided with a moveable handle over the mouth, could be moved without spilling the contents.

From the Collection of W. H. Forman, Esq.

(Annotated in pencil to say ' Then McClean collection. Bequeathed to Fitzwilliam Museum (1911 or earlier), where it now is. Cat. McClean Bequest, O.M. Dalton 1912, no 4, PE XII'.)


This is part of the Volume: AL2029 Album of photographs of archaeological finds displayed at the National Exhibition of Works of Art at Leeds in 1868; within the Collection: WXC01 Photographically illustrated book written by William Chaffers of archaeological finds displayed at an exhibition in Leeds in 1868


Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Cundall & Fleming


Archaeology, Art And Design, Exhibition