Sunday, 12 December 2010

A CASTELLANI natural pearl ring

Photo by Sothebys
This is one of the oldest signed pieces of jewellery that can be found today. A natural pearl set in a roman revival gold ring by Castellani.

Fortunato Pio Castellani had a small antique dealer business in Via del Corso, Rome at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He approached jewellery from the study of ancient Rome and  Greece classic pieces thanks to his friendship to a famous archeologist. Hence, the Castellani family deserves the credit of having been the founders of the Archeological Revival style. Alessandro Castellani travelled to Paris escaping from political prosecution in Italy and began to spread his family work throughout Europe. He believed that the Greek, Etruscan and even the Roman jewellery was superior both from a technical and aesthetic perspective. A romantic idealist, like many of his contemporaries, he turned to the past to fight the evils of modernity and the decline in arts brought by the Industrial Revolution.

This ring will be auctioned by Sotheby's London on Dec 14th