A Roman bronze frog brooch, c. 2nd – 3rd Century A.D.

A Roman bronze frog brooch, c. 2nd – 3rd Century A.D.

Code: 2412

Description: A bronze frog brooch, with two panels on the back which would have originally contained coloured enamel (now lost), with a dark green patina. The catchplate corroded, but still retaining the pin, now bent, and a nice example of the type.

Size: 38 mm/1.5 ins. in length

Culture: Roman

Date: c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

Provenance: Ex Seward Kennedy Collection, Norland Place, London.

Background: Seward Kennedy (1925-2015) was a successful lawyer and passionate collector who over six decades, assembled a veritable cabinet of curiosities which filled his homes in London and New York City. This diverse collection included tribal, Indian, tantric, Chinese and Japanese items as well as contemporary art. In the 1950s-1960s he worked as a lawyer for the Mobil Corporation and travelled extensively in Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. His strong interest in antiquities led him to assemble a fine collection of artefacts from a number of civilisations. Few items in the Seward Kennedy Collection are provenanced, as most were bought at a time when provenance was not regarded as particularly important. Also Kennedy was more concerned with their aesthetics, to him a fine modern knapped arrowhead was just as worthy of collection as a prehistoric piece.

References: Compare Hammond, B. 2016. Benet’s Roman Artefacts of England & the United Kingdom, Greenlight Publishing, Witham, Essex, No. AB-3518, p. 90, for the type.