COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
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Buccellati tray and pitcher

Buccellati tray and pitcher

What names come to mind when thinking of art in the 1980s? Ellsworth Kelly? Brice Marden? Those memories are painted in vibrant color blocks, bold shapes, and an audacious dose of cynicism against American consumerism. In retrospect, the 1980s is when Minimalism took roots in its off-kilter, overindulgent punch. It faded out in the 1990s. So did fashion—Azzedine Alaia, Christian Lacroix, Claude Montana absorbed and transcribed the 80s vibe into clothing.

Luxury objects are no exception. The pitcher and basin designed by Gianmaria Buccellati in 1987 maintain the traditional sinuous shapes reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance and yet showcase the boldness of the 80s in all its splendor.  Both tray and pitcher are made of solid silver. Cabochon shaped tiles of lapis lazuli and malachite have been applied to the hand-molded silver body. The stones are set into the silver allowing a fine tracing of their shapes that adds to the reflective power of the piece.

In a private collection today, this type of piece is one that exemplifies timeless design and ingenious craftsmanship.

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