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The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection: a Handbook

Hand specimen picture panel
Thin section picture panel

References

Appendix 1: Keywords and Definitions
Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Sherds Housed in the NRFRC

 

Chémery-Faulquemont samian (CHF SA)

Single sample

Included in this category is the Salto-Saturnus group.

General appearance

Our sample is orange-brown (2.5YR 6/8) with red-brown (10R 5/8) surfaces. It is hard with a conchoidal fracture and smooth feel, and the slip is semi-lustrous and smooth. Many surface blemishes are visible in the underlying clay, with finger marks on the lower wall and turning marks under the base. The slip is patchy and where it is thinner, particularly around the footring, more orange in hue.

Hand specimen

This fabric comprises a well-sorted silty matrix with common silver mica and sparse limestone and red iron-rich grains, normally <0.1mm and rarely larger.

Thin section

Well-sorted silt-sized quartz and rare opaques are set in a micaceous clay with abundant muscovite and brown mica. Well-rounded clay pellets, only distinguishable from the matrix by a slight colour difference, are abundant and measure between c 0.4–1.0mm.

Source

Cassius

Donor

Museum of London

Museums

Corbridge Roman Site Museum; Musée de Metz (France)

References

Bémont, C, & Jacob, J-P (eds), 1986 La terre sigillée gallo-romaine. Lieux de production du Haut Empire: implantations, produits, relations, Documents d’Archéologie Française 6, Paris

Delort, E, 1953 Vases ornés de la Moselle, Nancy

Fölzer, E, 1913 Die Bilderschüsseln der Ostgallischen Sigillata-Manufakturen, Römische Keramik in Trier 1, Bonn

Lutz, M, 1970 L’atelier de Saturninus et de Satto à Mittelbronn, Gallia Supplément 22

Lutz, M, 1977 La sigillée de Boucheporn (Moselle), Gallia Supplément 32

See the related record on the Atlas of Roman Pottery on the Potsherd website

Plate 24: Fresh sherd break of CHF SA (width of field 24 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 24: Fresh sherd break of CHF SA (width of field 24 mm)

Plate 24.1: Photomicrograph of CHF SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 24.1: Photomicrograph of CHF SA (XPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)

Plate 24.2: Photomicrograph of CHF SA (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm). Click to see a larger version

Plate 24.2: Photomicrograph of CHF SA (PPL) (width of field 1.74 mm)