SET OF ANTIQUE ONYX, AGATE, SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, GIULIANO
SET OF ANTIQUE ONYX, AGATE, SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, GIULIANO
SET OF ANTIQUE ONYX, AGATE, SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, GIULIANO
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AN IMPECCABLE EYE: GIULIANO JEWELS FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION
SET OF ANTIQUE ONYX, AGATE, SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, GIULIANO

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SET OF ANTIQUE ONYX, AGATE, SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, GIULIANO
Oval onyx cameo plaques, banded agate, seed pearls, rose-cut diamonds, gold, reverse of cameos with compartments, necklace clasp of later addition, earrings with later added French wires, necklace 15 3/8 ins., earrings 1 ¾ ins., circa 1870, necklace signed C.G. for Carlo Giuliano, earrings unsigned
Literature
G. C. Munn, Castellani and Giuliano: Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century, London, Trefoil Books, 1984, p. 76, 78, no. 78
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Lot Essay

In addition to the signature C.G., this necklace also bears the initials H.R. which is assumed to be the jeweler’s mark for Hunt and Roskell. Prior to the opening of Carlo Giuliano’s shop in London in 1874, it is presumed that this set was made by Giuliano and retailed by Hunt and Roskell, a rare existing example of this partnership.


During the 19th century, advancements in archaeology led to exciting discoveries of the ancient world. Newly uncovered artifacts from ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece inspired contemporary designers and resulted in revivalist trends among art and jewelry. Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895) was an Italian jeweler and goldsmith and a key driver of the revivalist jewelry movement from the mid to late 19th Century.

Most likely Carlo Giuliano began his early life and career in Rome and trained in Castellani’s workshop; however due to lack of records, this is often debated. Nevertheless, after developing a robust skillset in Italy, Giuliano moved with his wife and two sons to London during the early 1860s where he established his own workshop in London on Frith Street.

Giuliano’s signature revivalist jewelry was produced and then distributed to the showrooms of various established retailers in London’s West End, including Hunt & Roskell, C.F. Hancocks and Robert Phillips. Jewels that were made by Giuliano and retailed in this manner are sometimes signed with Giuliano’s mark C.G. and also with a mark for the retailer, as seen on the reverse of the necklace of Lot 47.

Eventually in 1874, Giuliano opened his own storefront on Piccadilly Street. At this location, he worked to create jewelry that was greatly influenced by archaeological discoveries and the Renaissance. His sons Carlo Joseph and Alfred Alphonse also joined him in the family business until their father’s death, after which they each inherited half of the business. Continuing to create jewelry in the same tradition from their father’s past works and marked with a C. & A. G., the Giuliano firm remained in business until Arthur’s untimely death in 1914.

An Impeccable Eye: Giuliano Jewels from a New York Private Collection (Lots 47-62) presents 16 lots which capture masterpieces by Carlo and his sons. Acquired over the last 50 years with an emphasis on design and condition, this important collection was discerningly curated to include exceptional examples of Giuliano’s fine enameling and use of colored stones. Christie’s is proud to offer this selection which showcases the beauty and craftsmanship of Giuliano jewelry over a century after it was first created.

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