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Decorated Ware from Lavoye

  • Felix Oswald


Twenty years ago my friend, Monsieur Georges Chenet, who had excavated several sites of Lavoye potteries in the Argonne, sent me a representative collection of fragments of moulds and bowls from these potteries. He had already published several articles on the rich material he had excavated, but he informed me that he intended to write a large and comprehensive monograph on the subject. However, he went with Professor C. F. A. Schaeffer to Syria to excavate the important site of Ras Shamra, and his Lavoye work fell into abeyance. It is, therefore, an opportune moment to publish this collection, which he so kindly sent me; for the account given by Fölzer was incomplete and not systematic enough in differentiating the work of the various potters, although the description was founded on material discovered by Dr. Meunier and M. Chenet. Unfortunately nearly all their material was looted or destroyed by the Germans in the last war and possibly M. Chenet's later collections may have suffered the same fate in this war.



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1 Chenet, G., L'atelier céramique gallo-romain du Pont des Rëmes, Florent, Rheims, 1913 (Chenet i); ‘Céramique gallo-romaine d'Argonne,’ Bulletin de la Société archéologique champenoise, Rheims, 1927 (Chenet ii); ‘Moules gallo-romains pour vases ornés de reliefs,’ Rev. des musées et collections archéologiques, Dijon, 1928 (Chenet iii).

2 Fölzer, E., Die Bilderschüsseln der Ostgallischen Sigillata-Manufakturen, Bonn, 1913 (Fölzer).

3 Oswald, F., Index of Figure-types on Terra Sigillata, supp. to Annals of Arch. and Anthrop., Liverpool University, 19361937 (O.).

4 Ricken, H., ‘Die Bilderschüsseln der Kastelle Saalburg u. Zugmantel,’ Saalburg Jahrbuch viii, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1934, 130 ff. (Ricken).

5 Les vases céramiques ornés de la Gaule romaine, i, fig. 109, and reproduced here as No. 11.

6 ‘Die Westerndorfer Sigillaten des Museums Stuttgart,’ Fundberichte aus Sckwaben, 1906, Taf. ii.

7 Bushe-Fox, J. P., Richborough Report ii, 1938, pl. xxviii, 11.

Decorated Ware from Lavoye

  • Felix Oswald


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