The beauties of nature
Highly refined jewellery set by Mario Buccellati, Milan circa 1950
A highly refined set from the hand of the celebrated Mario Buccellati - the prince of goldsmiths - safe investment and infinitely beautiful jewellery at the same time! The special feature of jewellery from the hand of Mario Buccellati is, among other things, the texture of the surfaces. Every single spot of an object, no matter how tiny, is worked, engraved, chiselled, whether it is visible or not. Gold and silver are often combined and the stones or pearls used are usually of unusual shapes. Rose diamonds and baroque natural pearls are among the preferred jewels that Buccellati assembled into distinctive pieces of jewelry. Naturalistic motifs become the hallmark of Buccellati's original pieces and are truly in a class of their own to this day. The present set of brooches and earclips, which we were able to acquire from an important Parisian estate, belongs to the series of naturalistic jewellery pieces described above and speaks the formal language of Buccellati's great post-war era with all its regained splendour. Large baroque pearls and countless diamonds are used to form natural branches, which shine sumptuously in gold and patinated silver. Every millimetre of the surface of these pieces is also designed, with the leaves set close together with rose-cut diamonds. Each ear clip sets two light grey pearls, nestling between the twisting foliage. The brooch is a wonderful addition and can be worn to great effect - this piece alone will instantly make any wearer a lady. Here Italian attitude to life has become a jewel - dolce vita to touch!
One of the greatest designers of the Italian jewellery world was without a doubt Mario Buccellati (1891-1965). As early as 1919, he opened a fine jewellery shop opposite La Scala in Milan - before adding a branch on Fifth Avenue in New York and a branch in Palm Beach a short time later, which were testament to Buccellati's boundless success. Among his illustrious clients were famous actors, almost all the royal courts of Europe, and several popes. The Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio dubbed Buccellati the "Prince of Goldsmiths" and commissioned hundreds of objects from him himself. Buccellati's style is often based on works of Renaissance and 18th century goldsmithing. Numerous legends and topoi surround the person of Mario Buccellati, who caused a sensation at his first major world exhibition in Madrid in 1920 when he threw a precious gold case out of the window rather than allow himself to be bargained down in price for the jewel-studded gem. His words, shouted at the stunned customer: "I am not a tradesman!" established his reputation as the first artist in his field and led to Buccellati's exhibition - so the legend goes - being completely sold out the day after this incident.
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You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.
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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.