An Antique Gold Brooch by Giacinto Melillo

Naples, c.1870


comprising of a gold fibula style brooch fitting, centred with a cherub playing pan pipes, his wings decorated with delicate twisted wirework, a Herculean knot to his breast, his hair comprising of the finest gold granulation.

Length: 3.7cm

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