The V&A museum is great and great is it's history...specially for these who are interested in goldsmithing, metal art, etc. On the beginning it was "modest" museum of South Kensington and goldsmiths from the families of Castellani and Giuliano (they moved from Italy to England and are known as real master jewellers of that time) contributed to this museum by donating some of their objects; other of their objects they sold to this museum. Simple word: "their" has as we know now two meanings in this context, because the Castellani family beside goldsmithing were dealing with original jewellery from ancient time. Objects that they were making themselves were in this character - let us remember that these were times when so called "historical" jewellery or "inspired" - often copied - from genuine ancient objects were in fashion. This is longer and colourful story, if I remember well, some of the objects donated or sold by Castellani's to this museum as genuine, later were under questioning of their authenticity. My last contact with V&A was just a couple of years ago when proper authorities from this institution have kindly granted me with their permission to use two illustrations showing interior of XVIth century goldsmith workshop in my book on Treatise by Benvenuto Cellini.
Antonio Picado, model 60, 2015, Cedar/IRW. Scale 640 mm.
Antonio Picado, model 62, 2018, Cedar/Madagascar Palosanto. Scale 640 mm. Doble Tapa.