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Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry

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During the nineteenth century in Rome, three generations of the Castellani family created what they called “Italian archaeological jewelry,” which was inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at the time. The Castellani jewelry consisted of finely wrought gold that was often combined with delicate and colorful mosaics, carved gemstones, or enamel. This magnificent book is the first to display and discuss the jewelry and the ...

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New Haven, CT 2004 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket Quarto. 428 pp; full of color & b/w illustrations; checklist of the exhibition; bibliography; index. Cloth with ... dustjacket. A fine, unused copy in fine jacket. Published to accompany the exhibition at Bard Graduate Center, this is the first in-depth study of the artistic and scholarly contributions to jewelry made by three generations of the Castellani family in 19th-century Rome. Inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at the time, the Castellani jewelry consisted of finely wrought gold that was often combined with delicate and colorful mosaics, carved gemstones, or enamel. Read more Show Less

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During the nineteenth century in Rome, three generations of the Castellani family created what they called “Italian archaeological jewelry,” which was inspired by the precious Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Byzantine antiquities being excavated at the time. The Castellani jewelry consisted of finely wrought gold that was often combined with delicate and colorful mosaics, carved gemstones, or enamel. This magnificent book is the first to display and discuss the jewelry and the family behind it.

International scholars discuss the life and work of the Castellani, revealing the wide-ranging aspects of the family’s artistic and cultural activities. They describe the making and marketing of the jewelry, the survey collection of all periods of Italian jewelry on display in the Castellani’s palatial store, and the Castellani’s activities in the trade of antiquities, as they sponsored excavations, and restored, dealt, and exhibited antiques. They also recount the family’s involvement in the cultural and political life of their city and country.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780300104615
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2004
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 1.47 (d)

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Susan Weber Soros is founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, where Stefanie Walker is special exhibitions curator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Rome during the Castellani century 15
Ch. 2 Founders, family members, and the firm 35
Ch. 3 Fortunato Pio Castellani : founder of the firm and jeweler to the Roman aristocracy 85
Ch. 4 Jewels with cameos and intaglios : the Castellani and Roman gem carvers 103
Ch. 5 The workshop : models, tools, and newly discovered designs 129
Ch. 6 Micromosaics and their sources 153
Ch. 7 Revivers of the lost art : Alessandro Castellani and the quest for classical precision 181
Ch. 8 "A perfect imitation of the ancient work" - ancient jewelry and Castellani adaptations 201
Ch. 9 "Under the great canopies of civilization" : Castellani jewelry and metalwork at international exhibitions 229
Ch. 10 Alessandro and Augusto Castellani : collecting, museum history, and the antiquities market 285
Ch. 11 The Augusto Castellani collection at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome 303
Ch. 12 Archaeological jewelry in the orbit of Castellani 317
Ch. 13 Inscriptions on Castellani jewels 333
Checklist of the exhibition 343
App The Castellani archive in Rome 396
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