I am lucky enough to have another of these snake dishes for sale by Giacinto Melillo. The snake has inset green stone eyes with a gilt or gold ring around the neck. This piece is of an exceptionally heavy gauge of silver which is typical of Melillo’s work. Dating to around 1900. See A554 in the Archive for a near identical dish that recently sold.
Giacinto Melillo was Castellani’s workshop manager from 1865 and attributed with making many of his finest pieces of jewellery. Around 1885 Melillo established his own independent business in Naples making similar revivalist classical pieces. The design of this dish is probably based on an original Etruscan or Roman piece in bronze or pottery.
Maker: Giacinto Melillo, Italy
Designer: Giacinto Melillo, Italy
Date : c 1900
Marks: G. Melillo, Naples
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 13.5 cm diameter, 9.75 cm high
Weight : 548 grams, 19.3 oz
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A Giacinto Melillo silver snake dish
See G Munn, Castellani and Giuliano. The British Museum holds a gold Etruscan revival bracelet by Giacinto Melillo ref M&ME Hull Grundy Catalogue 959. The Metropolitan Museum, New York holds a classically inspired silver jug by Melillo ref 2006.381.