Fiori di Roma

Large antique micromosaic brooch in gold, around 1870

In the heart of the Eternal City is the Campo di Fiori, the Field of Flowers: here, every day (except on holy Sunday, of course), Rome's most popular market takes place. The hustle and bustle also includes the many florists who transform the most Roman of all squares into a colorful sea of flowers. The sight of the Campo may also have inspired a mosaic artist of the late 19th century, who decorated the present gem with countless tiny glass stones. The oval central field shows a richly detailed micromosaic with a lush bouquet of multicoloured flowers against a black ground. A broad framing of gold in the so-called archaeological style with fine cord piercings turns the mosaic into a brooch. This enchanting piece of jewellery was created in the years around 1870. As a souvenir of a Grand Tour, it was probably acquired by a traveller who wanted to bring a lasting reminder of the colourful Italian life back to the grey north. Even today, the floral greeting from Rome can carry you away and make you dream of the southern sun.

The technical and scientific development of Europe in the 19th century had made historical science the leading discipline of the time. New excavations in Italy opened up hitherto unknown epochs of European history, and especially the early period of cultures experienced a hitherto unknown interest. In Italy, the Etruscans in particular were rediscovered and their arts and crafts became known beyond the country's borders. Beyond the narrow confines of the university, the citizens of the European states also became enthusiastic about the new discoveries and sought to own jewellery, furniture and custhandic crafts in these exciting new forms. In Rome, the Castellani firm became particularly famous in this context: Fortunato Pio Castellani and his sons explored the Etruscans and were soon offering first-class jewellery for the crowned heads of the continent, adopting the formal language of these early inhabitants of the Italic peninsula. But in Germany, too, their work, which quickly became known under the term "archaeological style", was received with interest and fused with the forms of their own history.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.