Lot 64: Etruscan Revival Gold and Enamel Mesh Fringe Necklace, Giacinto Melillo
19 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Etruscan Revival Gold and Enamel Mesh Fringe Necklace, Giacinto Melillo
The wire mesh necklace tipped by a continuous line of florets, spaced by green enamel leaves supporting a continuous line of herringbone chain fringe accented by blue enamel discs, suspending detailed urn pendants, with maker's mark, circa 1865, approximately 77 dwts. Length 14 3/8 inches.
Giacinto Melillo (1846-1915) made jewelry in the archaeological style, similar to Castellani, which was inspired by the Campana collection and jewelry discovered in excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum. He managed the Castellani workshop in Naples until 1870. Melillo signed some of his pieces with the monogram GM, as this necklace is. However, the majority of his jewelry was not signed..
Reference: Understanding Jewellery by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, p. 135.
C Estate of Norma Pace
Two green plaques missing near tongue. Ap. eight to ten granulated urns dented, slightly to moderately. Minor green enamel loss.
Mesh in overall good condition, minor dents.
Width with fringe 1 1/4 inches.
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