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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Necklace and Pendant

ca. 1865 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The archaeological discoveries of the 19th century led to a greater understanding of ancient jewellery. For the first time, experts could collect, study and publish works on these intricate gold pieces. Intellectuals particularly admired archaeological-style jewellery, often closely copied from surviving finds, from around 1860 until at least the 1880s. Carlo Giuliano, who made this necklace around 1865, worked for the great Castellani firm in Italy before moving to London. His early work in London closely resembles the Castellani pieces in the classical style. The granulated surface of this necklace imitates the work of Etruscan goldsmiths.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Necklace
  • Pendant With Mask of the River God Achelous
Materials and Techniques
Granulated gold
Brief Description
Necklace, decorated with granulated gold beads, and with a pendant mask of Achelous, Carlo Giuliano, England (London), about 1865
Physical Description
Necklace, decorated with granulated gold beads, and with a pendant mask of Achelous. Applied plaques with Carlo Giuliano's first mark in conjunction with his second, 'C.G0'. in Roman capitals.
Dimensions
  • Height: 17.5cm
  • Width: 14.5cm
  • Depth: 2.6cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'C.G.' (Applied plaques with Carlo Giuliano's first mark in conjunction with his second, in Roman capitals.)
Object history
Purchased from A&C Giuliano.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceAchelous
Summary
The archaeological discoveries of the 19th century led to a greater understanding of ancient jewellery. For the first time, experts could collect, study and publish works on these intricate gold pieces. Intellectuals particularly admired archaeological-style jewellery, often closely copied from surviving finds, from around 1860 until at least the 1880s. Carlo Giuliano, who made this necklace around 1865, worked for the great Castellani firm in Italy before moving to London. His early work in London closely resembles the Castellani pieces in the classical style. The granulated surface of this necklace imitates the work of Etruscan goldsmiths.
Collection
Accession Number
163-1900

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record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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