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Rare Carlo Giuliano Renaissance revival pendant at auction

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Rare Carlo Giuliano Renaissance revival pendant at auction
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A Renaissance Revival pendant by one of the most important jewellery makers of the 19th century is to go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester on June 13th. The pendant is made by Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895), an Italian craftsman who became renowned for his finely detailed enamelling work on gold. Unlike many other craftsmen at the time, Giuliano was one of the few who actually marked his own work with the initials C & AG. “In fact, this pendant is actually marked twice,” said Amy Brenan, jewellery valuer at Duke’s; “and what’s more, it still has its original box making it especially rare.” The small pendant is of openwork design and is enamelled overall in white, black and blue. It is set with a diamond to the centre and loops of tiny blue sapphires. It is exactly typical of the late 19th century fashion for Renaissance Revival. Craftsmen would revisit techniques and styles that were used hundreds of years before, most likely due to the increased fascination with history fuelled by travel to some of Europe’s ancient places such as Rome at the time of the Grand Tour era. “Jewellery by Giuliano is extremely rare, especially when it is in such good condition like this pendant. Enamel is very brittle and it is hard to find an enamelled piece of jewellery that is not chipped or cracked these days. Looking at the quality and the rarity of this pendant, I would not be surprised if it sold well at the £5000-10000 estimate.” said Amy. The summer jewellery sale at Duke’s will take place on Friday 13th June at 10.30am. Catalogues will be available shortly. For more information about the auction or for professional advice about selling at auction, contact Duke’s on 01305 265080.

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