Castellani had been given privileged access to the Campana collection before it was sold. It provided his craftsmen with intimate access to these ancient treasures and the freedom to carefully study the techniques used to make them.
Giacinto Melillo (1846-1915) took over the management of Alessandro Castellani’s workshop in Naples in 1870. Clearly a prodigious student, at the age of nineteen Melillo had directed a goldsmithing school and by the age of twenty four he was running a workshop. Between 1870 and 1900, Melillo exhibited his work at fifteen international exhibitions, winning gold medals at five of them.
For further information about Melillo and his work, please follow the link below:
Giacinto Melillo, The Connoiseur, 1977