The Traprain Treasure was unearthed at Traprain Law in East Lothian in 1919, and remains the largest hoard of Roman silver discovered outside the Roman Empire. Believed to have been buried in the fifth century BC, the hoard comprised over 250 fragments of objects. This was made up largely of aristocratic tableware, which would not have been used for fine dining in Scotland, but rather, broken down and used as currency.
Although the treasure is now on display with National Museums Scotland, the years following the discovery of the hoard saw the creation of beautiful reproduction pieces. Leading Scottish silversmiths of the 20th century, Brook & Son Edinburgh, were granted permission to make ‘authorised reproductions’. Centuries after the destruction and burial of the hoard, these impressive reproductions demonstrate the incredible beauty of the originals.
Eight lots in the upcoming Silver Auction at McTear’s comprise beautiful silver pieces by Brook & Son, modelled after the Traprain Treasure. One highlight of the collection is an impressive and intricately detailed ‘Amphitrite’ rose water dish, the central circular panel decorated with a Sea Nympth upon an allegorical monster (lot 893). The auction takes place on 18 July, and viewing for the auction opens at 9am on Tuesday 16 July. You’re warmly invited to come along to view these, and over 100 other silver treasures, at McTear’s Glasgow Galleries.
Have any silver items you would like valued? For a complimentary auction valuation contact Hannah Murphy on 0141 810 2880 or HannahMurphy@mctears.co.uk