Bracelet - inv. 5382
The iconography of this work is inspired by the gorgeous taste of the Second Empire with mythological allegorical compositions, putti, cherubs, foliage and leaves but also by the so called "archaeological" theme which focuses on compositions in high relief and full relief with Bacchae, rams and vines. The woman's pose is reminiscent of a series of female figures of Torrese manifacture but some details and the forms more closely resemble the manufacture of Trapani that in this period offers the same themes. A particular pink pattern, along with the crumpled leaf, are indeeed elements that can be found in this type of work in the mid-nineteenth century. During this period, dowels are often used to make the most of the small pieces of coral, creating a sort of assemblement, and give more texture to the bracelet, according to the taste of the time.
Rosso Corallo, catalogo della mostra a cura di C. Ascione, (Milano Castello Sforzesco, 5 febbraio- 9 marzo 1997) Napoli 1997; Materiali preziosi dalla terra e dal mare, a cura di M.C. Di Natale, Palermo 2003