Buccellati Italian Sterling Silver Porto Claret Bar Jug Label
Rare Buccellati sterling silver claret jug label. PORTO embossed on the front in the center.
Marks on the back: Gianmaria Buccelati (signature and Italian maker's mark), ITALY, 925 (encircled silver purity mark).
It measures 1.5in x 1.5in.
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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