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Etruscan Archaeological Revival Ram's Head Gold Bracelet, Rome 1860

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    Posted 8 years ago

    BelleEpoque
    (98 items)

    A 10th anniversary present, this is one of my most prized possessions. An Estruscan inspired Archaeological Revival gold bracelet, with ram’s head and filigree. Very much in the Castellani tradition, the quality is superb. The piece is unmarked, but fortunately it comes in its lovely red velvet original fitted case, with the name of the maker: Luigi Freschi of Via Condotti in Rome (the address is now a Furla bag shop). I looked him up and he was a jeweller and metal worker who is listed in Rome’s early tourist guides from 1860-1880, at the height of archaeological revival and Grand Tour jewellery. I have seen very similar pieces in the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum collections. I love the bracelet, but I’m also a bit afraid of damaging it, so I only wear it on very special occasions.

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    Comments

    1. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      Fantastic piece. I think I saw a similar piece on the Antiques Roadshow (British version).
      YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC COLLECTION....
    2. mackay1st mackay1st, 8 years ago
      WOW!!! Beautiful... I wouldn't wear it either : )
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Saw that same show Nadia.
      Gobsmacked.
      Wow!
    4. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the feedback DrFluffy, nutsabotas6, mackay1st, and vetraio50, and all the rest for the loves! I actually know which AR episode you're talking about... the piece there was indeed very similar though bigger. I wonder if this one is 24K gold as well.
    5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      I wouldn't be surprised...
    6. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 8 years ago
      I should hope so... we didn't pay a 'tenner' in a flea market for it, like that lady in the show :)
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Stunning Like it very much!
    8. shrine shrine, 8 years ago
      exquisite, love it
    9. blingiton1948 blingiton1948, 8 years ago
      This bracelet is exquisite...gotta love gold!! What a collection is right..love it..thanks...blingiton1948

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