Monday, October 29, 2012

Mastery of Design: The Melillo Insect Necklace, Late 19th C.

Italy, late Nineteenth Century
The British Museum

Made of jasper, gold and agate, this woven necklace boasts a Milanese chain of hollow elptical sections and three carved hardstone pendants. A gold frog, in relied, adorns the box clasp. The piece was made in Italy in the late Nineteenth Century by Giacinto Melillo who was known for his jewels made on ancient designs.

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