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ROMAN BRITAIN, FROM AD43 TO AD410

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R-1120

Roman Decorated Terracotta Oil Lamp circa 1st – 2nd century AD. From the Romano Greek influenced period, here we have a stunning rare oil lamp. Made from terracotta, this lamp is in excellent condition for an artefact which is almost 2000 years old. The dish of the lamp portrays a battle scene of "Odysseus slaying the suitors". The Greek inscription on the lamp below the scene names Odysseus. The scene depicts a bowman, Odysseus pulling back the bow, there is a soldier in the background with a spear, and in the right bottom corner is a crouching captive begging for his life. The lamps were filled with olive oil and a wick inserted into the spout, they were used as a daily light source. Plain lamps being as common as our light bulb. Lamps were also used as funerary items to bring light to the afterlife. This particular lamp is exceptional showing a rare depiction. A fantastic display item. 115mm x 75mm.

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R-1120

£325.00

Roman Decorated Terracotta Oil Lamp circa 1st – 2nd century AD. From the Romano Greek influenced period, here we have a stunning rare oil lamp. Made from terracotta, this lamp is in excellent condition for an artefact which is almost 2000 years old. The dish of the lamp portrays a battle scene of "Odysseus slaying the suitors". The Greek inscription on the lamp below the scene names Odysseus. The scene depicts a bowman, Odysseus pulling back the bow, there is a soldier in the background with a spear, and in the right bottom corner is a crouching captive begging for his life. The lamps were filled with olive oil and a wick inserted into the spout, they were used as a daily light source. Plain lamps being as common as our light bulb. Lamps were also used as funerary items to bring light to the afterlife. This particular lamp is exceptional showing a rare depiction. A fantastic display item. 115mm x 75mm.


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R-1122

Roman pottery urn circa 1st – 2nd century AD. Here we have a large pottery urn with two handles and a wide mouth with a ridged band around the neck. Some chipping and surface erosion particularly on one side of the vase. The urn has recently been cleaned and treated to avoid any further erosion.

Size: 14 x 18.2 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.

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R-1122

£270.00

Roman pottery urn circa 1st – 2nd century AD. Here we have a large pottery urn with two handles and a wide mouth with a ridged band around the neck. Some chipping and surface erosion particularly on one side of the vase. The urn has recently been cleaned and treated to avoid any further erosion.

Size: 14 x 18.2 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.


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R-1123

Roman pottery oil lamp circa 2nd 3rd century AD. A moulded pottery oil lamp decorated with a foliate tondo within a raised dot border. Some minor chips and surface erosion as would be expected of an item of this age. Old collection number attached to the top of the oil lamp.

Size: 9.4 x 4.4 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.

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R-1123

£115.00

Roman pottery oil lamp circa 2nd 3rd century AD. A moulded pottery oil lamp decorated with a foliate tondo within a raised dot border. Some minor chips and surface erosion as would be expected of an item of this age. Old collection number attached to the top of the oil lamp.

Size: 9.4 x 4.4 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.


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R-1124

Roman dark green glass vessel circa 2nd century AD. A dark green glass unguentarium vessel with a tear shaped body and tall neck. This item is repaired across the middle, a small chip from the rim. As the erosion is different on the two re-attached fragments they do not fit neatly together but they do belong. Condition is not distracting from this very nice and collectable piece of Roman glass workmanship.

Size: 12.9 x 2.8 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.

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R-1124

£110.00

Roman dark green glass vessel circa 2nd century AD. A dark green glass unguentarium vessel with a tear shaped body and tall neck. This item is repaired across the middle, a small chip from the rim. As the erosion is different on the two re-attached fragments they do not fit neatly together but they do belong. Condition is not distracting from this very nice and collectable piece of Roman glass workmanship.

Size: 12.9 x 2.8 cms

Ex. Collection: Sir Francis Sacheverel-Darwin, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, 1786-1859. Probably acquired during his Grand Tour of the Mediterranean, c. 1808 -1811.

Sir Francis was the godfather and uncle of Sir Francis Galton, and the half-uncle of Charles Darwin who frequently visited his zoological and antiquities collections during his childhood which no doubt sparked an interest in the young Charles Darwin of the wonders of the natural world.

This item was acquired from the Darwin family around 2006 and represents a rare opportunity to purchase an object from this highly regarded provenance linked to one of the most influential scientists of the 19th Century.


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R-1125

Roman cockerel oil lamp circa 2nd century AD. Here we have a red slip pottery oil lamp decorated with a moulded figure of a cockerel on the tondo. The base is stamped with the makers mark. This item shows extensive damage and repair to the lower part of the nozzle. However, an oil lamp of this age which is signed on the base by the maker as well as a clear depiction of a cockerel. Also from a very interesting old collection with a very good Irish clan provenance.

Size: 11.2 x 8 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century. 

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R-1125

£115.00

Roman cockerel oil lamp circa 2nd century AD. Here we have a red slip pottery oil lamp decorated with a moulded figure of a cockerel on the tondo. The base is stamped with the makers mark. This item shows extensive damage and repair to the lower part of the nozzle. However, an oil lamp of this age which is signed on the base by the maker as well as a clear depiction of a cockerel. Also from a very interesting old collection with a very good Irish clan provenance.

Size: 11.2 x 8 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century. 


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R-1126

Hellenistic or Roman oil lamp circa 1st century BC. An unusual grey pottery oil lamp with a round body and long nozzle. Handle lost and general surface wear. Old collection with a very good Irish clan provenance.

Size: 9.5 x 4.7 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century.

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R-1126

£75.00

Hellenistic or Roman oil lamp circa 1st century BC. An unusual grey pottery oil lamp with a round body and long nozzle. Handle lost and general surface wear. Old collection with a very good Irish clan provenance.

Size: 9.5 x 4.7 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century.


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R-1127

Roman pottery oil lamp circa 2nd – 3rd century AD. A very nice Roman pottery red ware oil lamp showing a charioteer and chariot drawn by four horses at speed [quadriga]. Two concentric circles to the top, and some markings to the handle. The item is complete and intact apart from a small hairline crack to the top of the lamp. Nor distracting.

Size: 12.8 x 9 x 3 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century.

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R-1127

£180.00

Roman pottery oil lamp circa 2nd – 3rd century AD. A very nice Roman pottery red ware oil lamp showing a charioteer and chariot drawn by four horses at speed [quadriga]. Two concentric circles to the top, and some markings to the handle. The item is complete and intact apart from a small hairline crack to the top of the lamp. Nor distracting.

Size: 12.8 x 9 x 3 cms

Ex. Collection: Baroness Ethel Inchiquin, wife of Sir Lucius Inchiquin, Prince of Thomond and chief of the O'Brian clan, Dromoland Castle, Ireland. Acquired in the late 19th early 20th century.


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R-1128

Roman moulded pottery bust of the Emperor Augustus 1st century AD. Here we have a very large hollow pottery bust thought to be that of the Roman Emperor Augustus contemporary with his reign during the 1st century AD. Originally part of a large statue sculpture that was probably made for a temple. Some minor restoration, not distracting. From an area now known as southern Italy. An opportunity to acquire an item of such importance rarely seen outside of museum collections.

Size: 15 x 9 x 9 cms.

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R-1128

£1,950.00

Roman moulded pottery bust of the Emperor Augustus 1st century AD. Here we have a very large hollow pottery bust thought to be that of the Roman Emperor Augustus contemporary with his reign during the 1st century AD. Originally part of a large statue sculpture that was probably made for a temple. Some minor restoration, not distracting. From an area now known as southern Italy. An opportunity to acquire an item of such importance rarely seen outside of museum collections.

Size: 15 x 9 x 9 cms.


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R-1129

Romano British bowel circa 2nd century AD. Here we have a nice item with good provenance. A professionally restored grey-ware bowl, discovered during an official archeological excavation in 1972 at Deanshanger near Towcester in Northamptonshire UK. Professionally repaired and conserved from several pieces at the time of the discovery. This area is close to the proposed site where the Romans had a large battle with the Celtic Icini tribe where it is said that Queen Boudica was killed and subsequently ended Cetic rule in favour of Roman Braitain. The bowl has three concentric lines to its outer body, a formed base, and lip and rim to the top. As can be seen in the photo of the base of the item it is marked, "Antonine 2nd cent. Deanshanger 1972. DH/27/E2. R.E.T".

Size: 16 x 7 cms

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R-1129

£195.00

Romano British bowel circa 2nd century AD. Here we have a nice item with good provenance. A professionally restored grey-ware bowl, discovered during an official archeological excavation in 1972 at Deanshanger near Towcester in Northamptonshire UK. Professionally repaired and conserved from several pieces at the time of the discovery. This area is close to the proposed site where the Romans had a large battle with the Celtic Icini tribe where it is said that Queen Boudica was killed and subsequently ended Cetic rule in favour of Roman Braitain. The bowl has three concentric lines to its outer body, a formed base, and lip and rim to the top. As can be seen in the photo of the base of the item it is marked, "Antonine 2nd cent. Deanshanger 1972. DH/27/E2. R.E.T".

Size: 16 x 7 cms


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