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Drawing, Design for a watch chain and two bracelets, ca. 1870

This is a Drawing. It was attributed to Augusto Castellani. It is dated ca. 1870 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is graphite, brush and pale yellow wash on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Castellani coined the term “Italian archeological jewelry” to appeal to the nineteenth-century fashion for revival styles and to profit from the growing nationalism that resulted from the unification of Italy in 1870. This sheet provides working designs for a watch chain and two bracelets. The bottom object has the inscription “VBI AMOR IBI ANIMA”, (where there is love, there is soul). Sentimental Latin phrases in raised gold frequently appear on Castellani objects from this period.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 10 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Brooch And Box (USA), ca. 1880
  • (brooch) gold (box) red leather, blue velvet, white satin.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-37-a,b

Its dimensions are

23.8 x 18 cm (9 3/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a watch chain and two bracelets, ca. 1870; Attributed to Augusto Castellani (Roman, 1829 - 1914); Italy; graphite, brush and pale yellow wash on white wove paper; 23.8 x 18 cm (9 3/8 x 7 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1938-88-6352

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