Vintage Buccellati collectibles

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2015-06-26 10:31:21

Vintage Buccellati collectibles are pieces of jewellery and silver produced by the Italian firm Buccellati. Buccellati is known for the superb textural quality of their pieces. Among the company’s signature pieces are its silver compacts, designed between the 1920s and 1950s.

Jewelled items designed in the 1970s and 1980s are also highly sought-after by collectors.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

History of Buccellati

Mario Buccellati took over the Milanese jewellery and silversmith firm Beltrami & Beltrami in 1919, having taken up an apprenticeship there in 1903.

He changed the name to Buccellati, and came to prominence the following year, when he exhibited at the Madrid 1920 Exposition, attracting the interest of the Spanish royal family.

He also gained popularity in his homeland in subsequent years, and opened stores in Rome in 1925 and Florence in 1929.

Buccellati became the first Italian jeweller to open a premises on New York’s prestigious Fifth Avenue in 1951.

Following Buccellati’s death in 1967, four of his five sons split the business, which soon expanded to Asia.

Notable sales of Buccellati pieces

An 18k white gold and diamond necklace, produced in around 1950, sold for $151,000 at Sotheby’s in June 2003.

A pair of 18k white gold and diamond pendant earrings achieved $23,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in June 2003.

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