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'Duke of Burgundy' butterfly brooch

British
about 1880
Carlo Giuliano (Italian, 1831 - 1895), For Giuliano (Italian (active in London), 1874 - 1914)


Dimensions

Height x length: 1.9 × 3.2 cm (3/4 × 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2016.793

Medium or Technique

Gold and painted enamel

Not On View

Classifications

Brooches

Small yellow, orange, brown, and blue brooch meticulously detailing the Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Reverse is also enameled. Nearly as weightless as the butterflies themselves, the enamel was done on an extraordinarily slim gold surface. These jewels demonstrate Giuliano’s meticulous observation of nature and the mastery of the enameller. Extraordinarily rare, there are less than ten known butterflies in Giuliano’s oeuvre and each is unique.

Markings

C.G.

Provenance

By about 1990s, private collection, United States; sold by this private collection to Wartski, Ltd., London; 2016, sold by Wartski, Ltd., to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 2016)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan