Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BROOCH (ITALY), CA. 1898
This brooch was made by Fortunato Pio Castellani & Sons. Itca. I
The sapphires in this brooch are naturally blue. The largest is carved with a figure of Cybele or Isis (the personification of Italy), with which Castellani both referenced antiquity and celebrated Italy's reunification, which had occurred during the latter half of the 19th century.
It is in the Cooper Hewitt Collection of The Smithsonian

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