Sunday, 12 December 2010

A GIULIANO garnet and pearl antique pendant

This is a typical example of Carlo Giuliano's enamel work carried out in London during the second half of the nineteenth century. Giuliano accompanied Castellani to London in 1860, he is believed to be one of the latter's craftsmasters. However, he opened a business on his own and started to manufacture pieces in Castellani's archaelogical revival style who were then sold through the best London retailers (Hancocks, Phillips etc..). Castellani hated the jewellery from the 16th and 17th century but Giuliano found sources of inspiration in Renaissance jewels more suitable for the english ladies of the time. Light open laced work with multicoloured enamel allowed him to create very delicate pieces that soon became sought after for their subtlety. With his personal style and the mastering of his technique he became on of the most famous jewellers that London has ever had.

In his will, he left a piece of up to £50 to each one of his recurring customers and a collection of his jewellery to the museum that would later become the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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