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What is The History of Buccellati?

October 15, 2009

In response to a question asked by a collector of Buccellati Esteval, Beverly Bremer Silver Shop has composed a brief history of Buccellati including more specifics about the pattern and its future.


In the Beginning of his career, Italian Goldsmith Mario Buccellati (1891-1965) carried on a family tradition dating back from the early 18th Century. In 1919 he opened his shop near the La Scala Opera House in Milan, and was the first among Italian Goldsmiths to to open a shop on Fifth Ave in New York and later in Palm Beach. As his popularity gained, his clientele came to include the Vatican and the Royal Courts of Europe, leading to his nickname, “The Prince of Goldsmiths.” Mario Buccellati drew upon the work of the Renaissance and Eighteen Century craftsman for design.

Mario’s son, Gianmaria Buccellati, became apprenticed to his father at the age of 14. Following his father’s death in 1965, he expanded the business and opened new shops around the world. Gianmaria became a leading designer of jewelry, as well as silver and gold objects dart. The quality of Buccellatti’s product was a a direct result of Gianmaria personally choosing his master craftsmen to execute his designs.


Specifically, the Esteval pattern was named after a famous Villa in Portugal, designed with Classic Italian nature inspiration; introduced around 1920 and was continuously produced until 2001. Buccellati retained most of the global distribution rights for their sterling flatware patterns as well as much of their holloware pieces.

The production of Estaval was last carried out under Gianagelo Pradella. He was considered the best silver producer in Italy. After his retirement he closed the his factory and the pattern was no longer produced.

Since the closing of Pradella’s factory, Gino Buccellati of Bologna has started replicating patterns over the past 6 years, reintroducing Torchon and Borgia. He has recently been working on others to reproductions, Esteval being a likely choice of interest. Unfortunately, the dies that are needed to reproduce patterns take a very long time to complete and perfect. Hopefully in the future we will see more quality flatware coming out of Buccelatti and Italy.


Common Patterns Include :

(click the link to see what we have in stock)

References include:

  1. Joseph P. Brady (Silver Historian)
  2. Tim LeRay (Previous Executive Vice President, Buccellati)

Do you have questions regarding sterling silver patterns or serving pieces?

Please comment and we will investigate an answer!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. George Vrba permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:39 pm

    History of Buccellati Esteval Sterling Pattern

    I am very pleased that you addressed my question and answered it so completely. As to the assertion that Buccellati Esteval may be re-introduced, I have seen one reference to this from an internet sterling retailer already.

    I think your blog feature is a very valuable addition to your already rich site.


    • Gino Buccellati permalink
      March 27, 2014 1:50 pm

      George, Esteval is in production
      Gino Buccellati

  2. Ken Moore permalink
    December 30, 2009 6:36 pm

    From what years was Buccellati TIBER pattern flatware produced?

  3. SUZANNE HENDRICK permalink
    November 16, 2010 8:17 pm

    have 4 silver goblets ac alberti crown stamp any info

  4. SUZANNE HENDRICK permalink
    November 16, 2010 8:18 pm

    have 4 silver goblets ec alberti crown stamp any info

  5. Gino Buccellati permalink
    March 27, 2014 1:49 pm

    Dear all, esteval is still produced by Buccellati at his factory in Bologna so feel free to contact all buccellati dealers in US to ask about it
    Gino Buccellati

    • March 27, 2014 3:50 pm

      Thank you for confirming that with us Mr. Buccellati! We think your sterling silver flatware and hollowware pieces are some of the most beautiful not to mention beautifully crafted items still being produced today. Your tradition in fine silver continues as will Beverly Bremer Silver Shop in making your treasures available!

      • Ken Moore permalink
        March 27, 2014 3:55 pm

        Do you have any Buccellati TIBER pieces?

      • Gino Buccellati permalink
        March 28, 2014 6:10 am

        Hi Ken, unfortunately this pattern has really been discontinued , we plan to replicate Grande Imperiale and perhaps Tahiti but the process is really long and expensive, Tiber is also very difficult to reproduce since we could not have the old equipment to start rebuilding new tools.

      • Ken Moore permalink
        March 28, 2014 7:00 am

        Thank you for your prompt response, we will treasure and continue to enjoy our elegant Tiber flatware. Sincerely, Ken

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