An Archaeological revival gold myrtle leaf tiara possibly by Castellani, the twenty-two realistically carved leaves embellished with thirty buds forming a wreath, with yellow gold frame hinged at the front, circa 1865, measuring 2.7 x 16 x 12cm, gross weight 45.4 grams.
Comparable wreath tiaras: one gold tiara set with pearls by Castellani with a matching festoon necklace see Bury, S., ‘Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era’, Vol II, p. 570, ill.pl. 298, a gold wreath diadem by Castellani see David Bennett & Daniella Mascetti, ‘Understanding Jewellery’, p.143, ill.pl.179.
Traditionally associated with marriage since antiquity, gold myrtle wreaths have been excavated extensively in Macedonia. Its use in bridal jewellery became very popular during Queen Victoria’s reign with increasing academic interest in the language of flowers and the fashion for archaeological revivalist styles.
This gold diadem reflects a combination of two different aspects of Victorian taste: the renewed interest in the culture and styles of the Ancient World, and a fondness for the symbolism of flora and fauna. Styled as a myrtle wreath leaf, this diadem is delicately crafted and naturalistic. Myrtle leaf became a popular choice as a part of a wedding bouquet during the Victorian era, due to its associations throughout history with the goddess Venus, the Virgin Mary, fertility, and love. An enchanting piece.
An Archaeological revival gold myrtle leaf tiara possibly by Castellani, the twenty-two realistically carved leaves embellished with thirty buds forming a wreath, with yellow gold frame hinged at the front, circa 1865, measuring 2.7 x 16 x 12cm, gross weight ...
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