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 ...
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.
Very Good. Softcover in photographic wraps with flaps. First printing of paperback edition. Book has light wear but is basically crisp and clean. Soft crease at tips of bottom corner. Luscious photo illustrations. Square 4to. 143 pp. including catalogue of objects. Published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., in 2000. Heavy--will require additional postage if shipped outside the U.S.
New. Brand new. 143 pages: color illustrations; 28 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Softcover. 8881188244 Contents: Introduction: The history of pre-eminence of the Italian goldsmiths' art--The Buccellati style: the creation of beauty--Mario Buccellati: prince of goldsmiths--Gianmaria Buccellati: the evolution of a designer--Gianmaria Buccellati: "Precious objects"--The making of the Smithsonian Cup--The jewels of Gianmaria Buccellati--The creation of a honeycomb jewel: behind the scene--Catalog of objects.
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