Giacinto Melillo (1846-1915) specialised in making jewellery in the archaeological taste, mastering ancient goldsmithing techniques to create pieces of great proficiency and beauty.
The revival of ancient Roman and Hellenistic styles of metalworking, during the 19th Century, has been credited principally to the firm of Castellani in Rome. Melillo was trained in the workshop of Alessandro Castellani in Naples and was appointed its manager in 1863. He later took over the ownership of the business when Castellani returned to Rome after his exile in 1870.
The quality of Melillo’s work was credited by some of his contemporaries as having surpassed that of his former employer Castellani, a view which Count Michael Tyskiewicz firmly took, pronouncing Melillo’s collection as being of ‘exquisite taste’.