A moss agate bracelet, by Mario Buccellati,

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Lot 2
A moss agate bracelet,
by Mario Buccellati, circa 1930

Sold for £ 4,062 (US$ 5,280) inc. premium
A moss agate bracelet, by Mario Buccellati, circa 1930
Composed of five oval polished moss agate plaques, within intricately decorated frames with 'modellato' engraving at the front and 'ornato' engraving at the back, mounted in silver and gold, signed M.Buccellati-Milano-Roma-Firenze, length 20.2cm, case by Mario Buccellati Milano Roma Firenze

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  • Provenance
    Buccellati collection, Milan
    Private collection, Milan

    Mario Buccellati's highly creative imagination is evident in his body of work, in the inventiveness of his techniques, harmonious juxtaposition of colours and textures and ability to transform gold and precious stones into wonderfully tactile objects from the worlds of textiles and nature. Whilst quality of materials and manufacture were always essential to Buccellati, gemstones were selected by Mario not for their intrinsic value but for their interest and ability to spark inspiration. For this reason Mario prized and used not only precious stones, but also semi-precious stones in his jewels. In this bracelet, the polished agate plaques each paint a picture with their green mineral inclusions resembling moss and are framed by elaborate foliate 'modellato' mounts which echo the organic character of the stones. Though popular in Victorian jewellery, moss agate would have been a very unusual choice of material to use at the time.
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A moss agate bracelet, by Mario Buccellati,
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