Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver, and Gems
Around 1750 Contardo Buccellati set up show in Milan's Goldsmiths Street. Since that time jewelry making and silversmithing have remained the central ... Show synopsis Around 1750 Contardo Buccellati set up show in Milan's Goldsmiths Street. Since that time jewelry making and silversmithing have remained the central occupation of the Buccellati family. The great spur into making Buccellati a world renown name was given by Mario (1891-1965), who opened additional shops in Italy, Monte Carlo, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo. The testimonial was then taken up by Gianmaria Buccellati, who, at the age of sixteen, started a simple apprentice in his family's store and workshop in Milan. Unlike other firms, the house of Buccellati throughout the years has preserved the tradition of the Italian "bottega" (workshop) by creating its own designs and maintaining its own workshops of highly skilled artisans who create its intricate jewelry and objects d'art with traditional hand crafting and pre-industrial techniques. Perfection of execution, choice of precious materials and the famous technique of "texture-engraving", developed to produce different effects of volume and light on metal, have characterised the Buccellati style. Sources of inspiration are the classical creations of Renaissance, the late Baroque style as well as 18th-century French works.