Brooches such as this were among the objects most frequently produced by goldsmiths. Simple and repetitive in design, the quality of these forms of adornment could vary widely. This is an example of a more finely wrought gold brooch. In addition to its comparatively lively, vegetal design, it is also embellished with semiprecious stones rather than glass paste.
Found in Ringwood, Hampshire, England (in 1995); Sotheby's, London(July 6, 2007, lot 3); Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, New York (2007–2013)
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection," May 1–October 18, 2015.
European Sculpture and Works of Art. London: Sotheby's, July 6, 2007. no. 3, pp. 10–11.