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Brooch: M.26-1984

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Castellani family




Gold, cast and chased in the shape of a ring with a stylised ram's head with ornate twisted horns, a small vase suspended inside the ring from its collar; pin fastening across the back.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.3 cm
Width: 3.1 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-03-12) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Third quarter of 19th century
Circa 1860 CE - 1870 CE


Founded in Rome, with subsequent branches in Paris and London, the Castellani family was instrumental in popularising the fashion for historicist jewellery and its work was the most highly-praised of the mid-nineteenth century. Their unique access to the finds of Italian state-sponsored archaeological digs, allowed them to collect and directly copy genuine ancient jewellery, especially that from the Etruscan civilisation (800-264 BC). Jewellery historian Charlotte Gere has noted similar, although slightly larger, ram's head brooches depicted in two contemporary paintings: Paul Baudry, 'Madeleine Brohan' (1860) in Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and George Frederick Watts, 'Hon. Isabella Dundas, wife of John Charles Ramsden' (1859) at Muncaster Castle.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.26-1984
Primary reference Number: 119042
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 28 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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