Flower From Neptune's Garden

Summer Brooch From Italian Salmon Coral & Silver, 1870s


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Summer Brooch From Italian Salmon Coral & Silver, 1870s
Summer Brooch From Italian Salmon Coral & Silver, 1870s
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One of the best-selling Italy travel guides of the first half of the 19th century, "A Road-Book for Travellers in Italy" by Captain Jousiffe gave travelers of those years not only particularly beautiful routes through Italy, but also tips on worthwhile collections, museums and stores that were considered unique and absolutely worth seeing. A large entry in this guide was given to the store of the widow Bolten, who had on the second floor of the distinguished Palazzo Partanna in Naples what was then probably the most spectacular exhibition of jewelry and art objects made of processed coral. Their sales exhibition was one of the "must see" of an Italian trip of those years, because it gave insight into the artistry of Italian craftsmen and at the same time the opportunity to buy beautiful souvenirs for relatives and friends back home. These souvenirs were particularly important, because they still told many years later of the educational journey across the Alps, which usually cost a fortune. A brooch from those years we see here before us: A particularly large coral in oval cut forms the center of the flower-shaped brooch. It is surrounded by 18 other coral nuttons. Mounted in silver, the corals show a uniform salmon red with natural grain and a wonderful quality that particularly emphasizes the beauty of the material. Perfectly preserved, we have a treasure of cultural and historical value that is both effective to wear and an asset to any collection of Grand Tour souvenirs. Cf. Captain Jousiffe: A Road-Book for Travellers in Italy, London 1840, p. 127.
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The coral has been considered a good luck charm since ancient times. From the 17th century, for example, is handed down from Venice, the coral "Portati dovunque l'huomo sia, ò in casa, ò in nave, scaccia le cattive ombre de gli spiriti, sogni, fulmini, venti, e tempeste e gli diffende da ogni assalto di fiere." - "Wherever man goes, whether he is at home or traveling by ship - the coral drives away the evil shadows of the spirits, bad dreams, lightning, winds and thunderstorms, and protects from every adversity." (Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa: Intérieurs vénitiens à la Renaissance. Maisons, société et culture, Paris 2012, p. 276). In Naples, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves against harm. But the fascination of corals from the Mediterranean cannot be explained only by their (supposed) protective function - the sight of them also inspires on an aesthetic level, as in the case of the brooch presented here.
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Summer Brooch From Italian Salmon Coral & Silver, 1870s
Flower From Neptune's Garden
€ 498.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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