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    Amazing Roman-Italian Aureus Bracelet

    ROMAN EMPIRE and 19th CENTURY ITALY: Gold Bracelet Set with Six Roman Aurei of the 1st-2nd Centuries AD. A gold (21 carat, as per stamp) bracelet in faux classical style, assembled circa 1860s-1880s. Formed out of two thick cable chains held together by six circular gold mounts, each containing a Roman gold aureus, obverse portraits set outward. From left to right the six coins are:

    1) Marcus Aurelius, ca. AD 162 (Rev: two Emperors, BMCRE 187).

    2) Diva Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius, ca. 140-145 (Rev: Pietas, BMCRE 334).

    3) Antoninus Pius, c. 148-149 (Rev: Aequitas, BMC 646).

    4) Hadrian, c. 134-138 (Rev: Roma, RIC 265).

    5) Trajan, c. 116 (Rev: Genius, BMC 545).

    6) Nero, c. 65-66 (Rev: Salus, BMC 87).

    Each circular mount  flanked by gold cylinders, adorned with wire-decoration, that have been slid over the chain and then fixed. The entire bracelet is 20 cm long. The two outer mounts, with Marcus Aurelius and Nero, are fixed while the other four can move with the motions of the wearer.

    For a similar bracelet by Castellani see Sotheby's New York, 20 October 1999 "Magnificent Jewels", lot 155. Minor use marks on the bracelet, but the coins are of unusually high quality for use in jewelry (ranging from good very fine to extremely fine). A lovely piece, a perfect example of the antique revival style of the 19th century.

    Among the most famous jewelers who produced designs in antique style in Rome were Fortunato Pio Castellani (1794-1865) and Ernesto Pierret (1824-1870). This bracelet is of such high quality, and mounted with such fine coins, that it must have been produced by a firm of equally great importance. For the Castellani family, see S. Soros and S. Walker, Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry, New Haven, 2004; for Castellani and Pierret, see Geoffrey C. Munn, Castellani and Giuliano, Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century, London, 1984

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    August, 2015
    13th Thursday
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