I taly’s jewelry traditions are integral to its culture, and Italian values are woven into the fabric of their jewelry design. Sotheby’s upcoming online Jewels Sale in Milan presents a curated selection of jewels reflecting Italy’s diverse history and centuries of artful admiration, featuring jewels from some of the Maestros of Italian jewelry design including Bulgari, Frascarolo, Buccellati, Scavia, Pomellato, Fasano, Faraone, Illario, Chiappe and Pederzani.
Championing creativity and individuality, brooches have long been an original outlet for designers. Animalier jewels are coveted for their whimsical and memorable designs, perfectly illustrated in this sweet-faced, cartoon-like canine brooch, by Frascarolo, who has been referred to as the ‘David Webb of Italy’. Pierino ‘’Rino’’ Frascarolo perfected his enamel and gold animals during the 1960s and their charm transcends the decades.
Art historian Evelyne Schlumberger avowed ‘A Bulgari Jewel is as recognisable as a Chanel suit,’ and this delightful Bulgari Ladybug brooch is exemplar of the spirit and sophistication of the historic jewelry house. Using warm buttery gold and perfectly balanced gems, the brooch sweetly affirms Bulgari’s craftsmanship.
With a glorious 70-year journey, it is difficult to overstate the popularity and allure of the Tubogas watch, which appears in this sale with matching earrings. Its creative design makes it a worthy icon. Bulgari has varied the design every decade – the shape of the dial, the colour of the metal and the addition of precious stones – whilst still appealing to new generations. The Tubogas design was inspired by the flexible tubing in automotive exhaust pipes, and the relationship between jewelry design and cars leads us another pillar of Italian contemporary culture – Ferrari.
Featured in the sale are several unusual Ferrari pieces, including miniature models of the quintessential Boxer engine and Ferrari emblazoned cufflinks and pendants, with certificates of authenticity.
Another piece by a centenarian Italian jewelry house, Scavia, will be a highlight of the sale. Demonstrative of the fine craftsmanship that Italy is celebrated for, the two-tone gold contemporary ring, set with a timeless step-cut diamond between contrasting bands of black enamel and diamonds, illustrates perfectly the technical precision that Scavia, and Italian jewelry, is revered for.