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Bracelet
  • Bracelet
    Castellani, Alessandro, born 1823 - died 1883
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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1860-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani, Alessandro, born 1823 - died 1883 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, hinged panels with applied wire and granulated decoration

  • Museum number:

    635-1884

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf B, box 2

The design for these hinged bracelets is based on bracelets in the Campana collection in the Louvre, Paris. The Louvre bracelets are made of individual panels, some of which are authentic Etruscan a baule earrings of about 600–450 BC that have been hammered flat. These were then mixed with modern plaques in the Etruscan style, and made into bracelets in the second half of the 19th century; perhaps made up for the Marchese Campana, before the Castellani family saw his collection.

The Castellain copies do not reproduce the originals exactly but are inspired by the so called "ancient" models. From these and other adaptions of the bracelet type by Giacinto Melillo of Naples a new form of archaeological style jewellery was invented and popularised.

Physical description

Etruscan-style bracelet with hinged panels. Applied wire and granulated decoration. Signed with the monogram 'AC' in applied wire, for Alessandro Castellani.

Design adapted from 'ancient' bracelets, part of the Campana collection now in the Louvre, Paris. The Louvre bracelets are made of authentic Etruscan a baule earrings of about 600-450 BC hammered flat mixed with modern plaques in the Etruscan style, made into a bracelet in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Acquired from the collection of Alessandro Castellani

Place of Origin

Naples (city) (made)

Date

1860-1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Castellani, Alessandro, born 1823 - died 1883 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, hinged panels with applied wire and granulated decoration

Marks and inscriptions

'AC'
Maker's (Alessandro Castellani's) monogram

Dimensions

Length: 19.7 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.4 cm

Object history note

Louvre Exhibition RF.2004/722

Historical significance: Design adapted from 'ancient' bracelets, part of the Campana collection now in the Louvre, Paris. The Louvre bracelets are made of authentic Etruscan a baule earrings of about 600-450 BC hammered flat mixed with modern plaques in the Etruscan style, made into a bracelet in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Acquired from the collection of Alessandro Castellani

Descriptive line

Hinged bracelet, Italy, about 1860-80; made by Castellani. Gold, with filigree and granulation

Materials

Gold

Subjects depicted

Antique; Classicism

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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