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'Bath White' butterfly brooch

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


Height x length: 2.5 × 5.1 cm (1 × 2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and painted enamel

Not On View



White, blue, and black brooch meticulously detailing the Bath White butterfly. Reverse of the brooch 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.




By about 1970s, acquired by a private collection, United Kingdom; sold by this private collection to Wartski, Ltd., London [see note]; 2016, sold by Wartski, Ltd., to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 2016)

NOTE: Published by Geoffrey Munn, Castellani and Giuliano: Revivalist Jewellers of the Nineteenth Century (New York: Rizzoli, 1984), plate 154-155.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan