A pair of gold and hardstone 'archaeological' cufflinks, Castellani, Rome, mid 19th century
- height: 2.6cm, 1in.
The Castellani firm in Rome was founded by Fortunato Pio Castellani (1794-1865), a brilliant, erudite man who was fascinated by the jewels of antiquity. By the 1850s, Castellani became the pioneer of the Archaeological Revival style. The reproduction and reinterpretation of ancient Greek and Etruscan gold pieces decorated with filigree, granulation, scarabs, cameos, micro-mosaics and enamel brought him success, especially among the educated visitors to the city. His influence was far-reaching and can be seen in the previous lot, by Arnd.