Archaeological Revival Gold "Millefiori" Brooch
Archaeological Revival Gold "Millefiori" Brooch, of bombe form, designed as an amorino and six doves within an elaborate cluster of flowerheads; bead, wiretwist, and ropework border, dia. 2 in., unsigned.
Note: An almost identical example with the mark of Castellani from the Judith H. Siegel collection was sold at Sotheby's New York, December 6, 2006, sale N08289, Lot 29. A similar "millefiori" brooch with a serpent by Castellani after a design by Michelangelo Caetani is pictured in Castellani and Giuliano, by Geoffrey Munn, pl. 45, 46. Munn states that many versions of "millefiori" work are known that incorporate snakes and amorini, and this theme was also popular with Giacinto Melillo, a contemporary of Castellani.
No marks or signature. Slight impression to edge from putting on/taking off, with associated break to rope work. evidence of some replaced flowers, some maybe repaired, some loss to petals on others (though likely in the making as they are quite delicate), mainly around central figure. Edge of one foot missing to cherub.
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