Bulgari sapphire pendant

Sautoir, 1969. Platinum with sapphires and diamonds. Chain: 74 x 1 cm. Pendant/brooch: 4.9 x 4.9 cm. Formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. Bulgari Heritage Collection, inv. 6675 N2170 © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990

September 21, 2013February 17, 2014

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. The jeweler is famous for mixing semiprecious stones with diamonds, mounting ancient coins in gold jewelry, and creating easy-to-wear pieces made with unusual color combinations.

This exhibition focuses on the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s; in the period after World War II Bulgari began to create a unique style inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. By the 1970s, Bulgari’s bold and innovative style had gained success with celebrities and the jet set.

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 presents approximately 150 showstopping pieces from this era, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The exhibition takes a decade-by-decade look at Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.

Exhibition Preview

Bracelets
Necklace
"Tremblant" brooch
Necklace with pendant/brooch
Bib necklace
Table clock
Sautoir
Tubogas choker
"Melone" evening bag
"Playing Card" sautoir
"Playing Card" brooch
"Star Spangled Banner" earrings

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Bulgari.

Curator's Circle
Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Pascarella

Benefactor’s Circle
Mrs. George Hopper Fitch
Dr. Alan R. Malouf
Wells Fargo

Patron's Circle
Jeri Dexter

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