A pair of gold and hardstone 'archaeological' cufflinks, Castellani, Rome, mid 19th century
- height: 2.6cm, 1in.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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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.