A Gold and Micromosaic Brooch by Castellani

Rome, c.1875


comprising of a cross constructed of micromosaic squares bordered with twisted gold wirework, each square decorated with red glass tesserae around alternating red and green centres with opaque white borders, the cross positioned within a twisted gold circular border with clusters of three pierced teardrops, in the style of a gothic rose window.

Signed conjoined Cs for Castellani

5.2cm x 5.2xm

A closely comparable jewel can be found in the collection of jewels left by Alfredo Castellani to the Museo Nazionale Etrusco housed in the Villa Giulia in Rome.