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“Cattedrale” brooch


Auctioned exclusively at Sotheby’s Paris on October 29th


The “Cattedrale” brooch is based on a Buccellati recurring subject: the butterfly, a symbol of elegance and gracefulness, which the Maison proposed since the very early creations in the form of brooches, pendants, earrings and rings.


For this particular specimen, Buccellati has used a metal structure that was realized well before 2001 for a brooch that had then been disassembled. Andrea Buccellati decided to use that framework and created a butterfly with blue and green enamel, applied according to a technique called “a cattedrale”, where the cavities have no bottom and therefore the enamel stays caught only along the inner surfaces of the structure itself.


The effect is very similar to the one of the stained glasses of big cathedrals and the enamels are transparent.


The butterfly takes its name from this particular technique; its wings, antennas and head are in yellow gold, “rigato” engraved, and its body is a pearl weighing 3,85 carats.



Designed by:

Andrea Buccellati


Handcrafted in 2001