Cf.: Susan Weber Sordos and Stefanie Walker, Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry, Singapore, 2004, pg. 267, for a photo of a similar diadem on display at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, dated 1878.
The Roman jeweller Fortunato Pio Castellani responded to this trend by producing what he termed as ‘Italian archaeological jewellery’, drawing on the Etruscan, Roman, Greek and Byzantine motifs that were so popular at the time. He and his sons Alessandro and Augusto would copy ancient techniques such as filigree work and granulation, ensuring that Castellani was one of the most popular jewellers in the 19th century, supplying both royalty and the aristocracy. Signatures in the company visitor’s book reflected the prominence of their clients, including Frederic, Lord Leighton and the Prince of Wales. The London shop continued to trade until 1930, closing following the death of Alfredo Castellani, son of Augusto, and last of the family line.
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