Modern Master: Mario Buccellati
The name Buccellati immediately conjures an array of images in the mind of any jewelry connoisseur: whimsical objects in silver, elaborate table centerpieces, improbably delicate jewels, and lushly textured expanses of precious metal.
The modern history of the Buccellati family’s renowned works in silver, gold, and platinum begins in the first decades of the 20th century, when patriarch Mario Buccellati was a young and ambitious craftsman. Starting as an apprentice in 1903 with the Milanese firm of Beltrami & Beltrami, Mario took ownership and creative control of the company in 1919, changing its name to Buccellati.
Mario was the design genius of the company, creating marvelously distinctive and beautiful pieces to adorn both the tables and the bodies of high-born Europeans. His best loved works in silver include centerpieces and tableware realistically modeled after ocean life such as lobsters, crabs, conchs, nautilus shells, giant clams, and octopuses. Sotheby’s April 2018 sale of the Victor A. Diaz Collection included several such nautical pieces, in addition to a pair of life-size penguins (magnum wine coolers) and a monumental sterling silver flamingo.
Mario Buccellati’s brilliance in the realm of jewelry was notably expressed in the fine detail and incredible textures of his finished pieces. Among the many elements and finishes evoking luxurious fabrics and fine lace, his rigato treatment of precious surfaces is perhaps the most beloved and admired. Buccellati’s iconic wide rigato bangles are engraved by hand and immaculately detailed to mimic the lushest duipioni silk. Embellished with star-like clusters of diamonds or colored stones, these bracelets have been a staple of the red carpet for decades.
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