A classical silver jug by Giacinto Melillo. As with most of Melillo’s work this piece is inspired by a Roman jug – see images for a near identical Roman bronze example. Like the original bronze this jug also has concentric rings to the base.
This piece is of an exceptionally heavy gauge of silver which is typical of Melillo’s work. Dating to around 1900. Condition is excellent with just a few scratches to the body..
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
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 12 cm high to top of handle
Weight: 425 grams, 15 oz
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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.