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Design
  • Design
    Novissimo, Pasquale, born 1844 - died 1914
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1874-1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Novissimo, Pasquale, born 1844 - died 1914 (made)
    Carlo and Arthur Giuliano

  • Materials and Techniques:

    graphite, pen and ink, watercolour and bodycolour on card.

  • Credit Line:

    The gift of Dr Jacqueline Egerton

  • Museum number:

    E.199-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10J

This is a presentation drawing of a pendant earring to show to a client before the jewellery was finally made up. It is by Pasquale Novissimo (1844-1914) who was chief designer to the jewellery manufacturer, Carlo Giuliano (1826-95). He worked for Giuliano from the opening of the Piccadilly branch in London from 1874 until just before his death in 1914.

Pasquale designed stage jewellery for an Italian opera company while travelling with his brother, Giovanni, who was a member of the company. He was influenced by objects excavated at Pompeii. This drawing for an earring is in the Neo-Renaissance style, of about the 1874-1890.

Physical description

Design for a pendant earring, one of nine on a sheet of card, with a pearl like the centre of a flower with blue petals from which hangs a blue, two-handled vase-shape. with a pendant pearl.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca.1874-1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Novissimo, Pasquale, born 1844 - died 1914 (made)
Carlo and Arthur Giuliano

Materials and Techniques

graphite, pen and ink, watercolour and bodycolour on card.

Marks and inscriptions

'D. / NOVISSIMO' on a sticky label on the back of the mount

This probably stands for 'Mrs Daphne Novissimo'.

Dimensions

Height: 33.4 cm card, Width: 24.6 cm card

Object history note

The designs came to the V&A by descent through the Novissimo family.

Descriptive line

Design for a pendant earring, by Pasquale Novissimo, ca.1874-1890.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Munn, G. Castellani and Giuliano. Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century, Trefoil Books, London, p.70, pl. 67.
plate caption and plate

Materials

Graphite; Ink; Bodycolour; Card; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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