The Museum's lightly antiqued Golden Fringe Necklace is adapted from an original nineteenth-century gold necklace by the Castellani family, now in the collection of the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris. Known for their sophisticated and technically refined jewelry, the workshop of Castellani often featured intricate micromosaics, elaborate enameling, and carved gemstones, such as cameos and intaglios. Our stunning necklace displays a rich “fringe” of golden beads—a popular workshop motif.
Produced in cooperation with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
24K gold overlay. Lightly antiqued. Hook and eye closure. 18''L.
- 24K gold overlay
- Lightly antiqued
- Hook and eye closure
Art HistoryFor much of the nineteenth century in Rome, three generations of the Castellani family―Fortunato Pio, his sons Alessandro and Augusto, and his grandson Alfredo―manufactured fine gold jewelry for an important and wealthy clientele. The firm’s most renowned designs, which they called archaeological jewelry, were inspired by exquisite Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities excavated in Italy. The company’s focus on historical styles included actual involvement in the antiquities trade: they sponsored excavations, dealt in exhumed objects, restored old pieces, and proudly displayed ancient treasures in their grand jewelry store on Via del Corso in Rome. Although the family marketed the idea that their work reproduced jewelry from Italy’s glorious past, it conformed to the general taste for revival styles prevalent during the nineteenth century. Since the workshop produced the same jewelry styles for many years, it is difficult to date individual pieces.