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Egyptian Revival 18kt Gold Ancient Scarab Brooch, Castellani

Auction:
2471
Lot:
385
Sold for:
$3,851$3,250

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Auction:
Fine Jewelry - 2471
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 15, 2009 10:00AM

Description:

Egyptian Revival 18kt Gold Ancient Scarab Brooch, Castellani, set with an ancient steatite scarab, wings with applied wirework designs, lg. 3 in., reverse with maker's mark on each wing.

Note: For an example of a similar scarab brooch by Castellani in enamel, see Castellani and Giuliano: Revivallist Jewelers of the Nineteenth Century, fig. 125.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Castellani Scarab
one small loss to the applied wirework to the left of the scarab on top part of the wing, it was not obtrusive
some tarnish to front and reverse
the scarab is carved throughout, probably dates from 800BC or so
possibly Amazonite, low quality

Keywords

Castellani, Filigree, Scarab, Soapstone

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