Mario Buccellati, the 'Prince of Goldsmiths', was born in 1881 and began his career as a jeweller's apprentice before opening his first jewellery shop in Milan in 1919. Additional shops were opened in Rome, Florence and New York and the firm has been continued by the Buccellati family ever since. Buccellati are renowned for their highly textured gold designs and silver pieces, often of naturalistic motifs. Their engraving techniques broadly fall into five design categories: rigato, finely engraved parallel lines in a 'sheen' effect; telato, cross-hatched lines; segrinato, overlapping lines in all directions, ornato, naturalistic motifs; and modellato, three-dimensional highly delicate designs.
Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. London, New Bond Street, 30 Apr 2014 -www.bonhams.com