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Ref  FB4   Etruscan Revival Sunflower Brooch

Fine quality, high carat gold Etruscan Revival sunflower brooch, circa 1870. The brooch is probably by the hand of Pasquale Novissimo [1844 - 1914]. Novissimo worked as chief designer for the Giuliano firm for 40 years. The granulation, or fine surface texture of minute grains of gold on this brooch, was copied from an ancient Etruscan technique. Archaeological discoveries in the 19th century led to a greater understanding of ancient jewellery. For the first time, experts could collect, study and publish works on these intricate gold pieces. Intellectuals particularly admired archaeological style jewellery, often closely copied from surviving finds. Novissimo did not sign his work as he was employed by retailers whom, if they marked their pieces, used their own firm's monogram, but his style is very distinctive and there is a very similar Novissimo brooch in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The brooch measures 2 inches by 2 inches and is immaculate.

£1650

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Pasquale Novissimo brooch in the V & A Museum

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