Highly Important Carlo Giuliano Egyptian Revival Brooch
Highly Important Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Portrait Brooch by Carlo Giuliano recognized to be arguably the most significant 19th century Egyptian Revival jewel, the brooch centred with a Nubian head enamelled en ronde bosse wearing a headdress of old-mine and rose-cut diamonds surmounted by a cushion-shaped ruby, flanked by a pair of white enamel horses, their fanciful costumes including plumes and collars in polychrome champleve and cloisonne enamel, anchored by lotus blossoms, bells and three pendant pearls, signed C.G for Carlo Giuliano, with original fitted leather case signed C. Giuliano, circa 1870, gross weight 33.2 grams.
Illustrated in “Castellani and Giuliano, Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century” by Geoffrey C.Munn, plate 153 and described as one of the most exuberant jewels to come from the Giuliano workshop.
This exceptional, museum-quality Egyptian Revival brooch was made by Carlo Giuliano. Carlo Giuliano was known for his intricate revivalist style jewellery, which featured fine enamel work and gem-set decorations. Examples of his jewellery are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. This spectacular piece features a king of Nubia, wearing a headdress encrusted in dazzling old-cut diamonds. The face features fine and detailed enamel work, a hallmark of Giuliano’s designs. Flanking the central figure are two white horses which are detailed with collars of enamel. Above the horses and the central figure is an arch of bright enamel motifs, culminating in a wonderful cushion-cut ruby. Suspended from the bottom of this piece are lotus blossoms, pearls, and bells. This piece is rich with Ancient Egyptian iconography and motifs, bursting with colour, sparkle, and detail. This is one of the finest pieces to come from Giuliano’s oeuvre and speaks to the Victorian interest in Ancient Egypt. This piece is unparalleled in both craftsmanship and style and is a perfect example of Carlo Giuliano’s artistry.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.