Updating of the museum Collection subsection "Western European Metal Artworks"
The website of the museum Collection is ever expanding with new exhibits. Today we present to your attention new items in the subsection "Western European Metal Artworks".
Kontardo was the first jeweler and goldsmith in the Buccellati family who opened a workshop im Milan in the middle of the 18th century. But we consider Mario Buccellati to be the modern founder of the company and the unique “Buccellati style”. Mario worked in Italy after the First World War.
He invented a special technique, typical for many of his works as well as the works of his descendants that involves processing of precious metals in the co-called mosaic method (“honeycomb”). This method involves a combination of fills and voids and a unique family tradition of engraving, creating the most complex compositions. For a hundred years, Buccellati has remained a family business, where craftsmen have been creating jewelry in this technique in the style of the Milanese Renaissance: soft, light, mobile, it looks woven from golden lace.
Despite the fact that Buccellati was acquired by an international corporation headquartered in China, and expanded into a chain of boutiques around the world, the key principles of work remained the same as in Renaissance Milan: single piece jewelry created by meticulous manual labor. Following an old tradition, even today all jewelers work in their home workshops in Milan, and only once a week they come to the office to hand over their products or receive a new order.
Amazing silver animalism from Buccellati, presented in our museum, takes a special place in the collection of masterpieces of the jewelry brand. Every detail is made with special care and attention. The silver strand of fur on the body of a small but cute animal make it look very real. The technique used to create them was invented by Gianmaria Buccellatti. It is unique. And incredibly painstaking, as the fur and feathers are handmade separately and later soldered to animals’ bodies.