Mario Buccellati Rare Italian Silver Pair of 5-Light Candelabra
Mario Buccellati, Italian silver pair of 5-light candelabra from the 20th century, beautifully adorned with ornate shell and natural motifs in relief. They measure 20 1/2'' in height by 16'' from arm to arm, weigh in total an impressive 198.3 troy ounces, and bear hallmarks are shown.
Mario Buccellati, the founder of Buccellati, was born in Ancona in 1891, but moved to Milano in the early 20th century. As soon as he arrived, he secured an apprenticeship with the goldsmiths Beltrami and Besnati, whose business at Via Santa Margherita 5, between La Scala and the Galleria, at the heart of the city. It was here that the young Mario learned the best in Italian goldsmithing traditions. At the end of the First World War, Mario decided that the time was right for him to set up his own venture and he took over Beltrami and Besnati’s business. In 1925, Mario, alongside his brother, Carlo, opened a second store at Via Condotti 30–31, Rome. A third followed four years later at Via Tornabuoni 71, Florence. International expansion and recognition continued in the following years and Mario's descendants played a role in this international overture. In 2000, The Smithsonian Institution of Washington dedicated an anthological exhibition to Buccellati called “Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver and Gems”. Gianmaria donated the Smithsonian Cup to the museum for the occasion; it is now on permanent display. Buccellati still continues to dazzle with its extraordinary craftsmanship to this day.
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