Workmanship & Materials

Baldi embraces the entire panorama of artistic excellence, inherent the Florence tradition.

The deep knowledge of craftsmanship and traditional techniques, combined with centuries-old experience and an innovative and contemporary vision, allow the Baldi Brand to be projected into the future. It is the combination of these elements to offer on the market decorative accessories and furnishing in Renaissance, Rococo and Baroque style and therefore of classical matrix, and to apply the same complex workings of bronze, semi-precious and stones and crystal to give life to objects of contemporary art and design. Baldi is therefore seen and defined by the international media as the greatest exponent of the artistic handicraft of the 19th Century.

It is important to consider how Baldi has always left unchanged the most ancient production techniques, from cutting marble blocks to semi-precious stone mosaics, up to chisel and gilding bronze previously cast with lost wax. However, the true craftsmen are the real richness and expression of the spirit of the Brand. Each of them is selected according to the specific skill in shaping different materials.

Among the most iconic production techniques Baldi boasts The Mosaico Russo (Russian Mosaic or Florentine Mosaic), a decorative art that was born at the end of the 16th Century in Florence and handed down in very few artisan realities of the Florentine area, adapting them even nowadays to classic, modern and contemporary forms. The use of colored stones in the production of decorative accessories and furnishing has been popular in Italy since the Renaissance, when the work of precious stones in Florence flourished thanks to the influence of the Medici Family.

In particular, mosaic is a creative craft that comes from rough stones: these are cut into small thin slabs, to be subsequently glued on flat or round surfaces, creating furnishing and decorative accessories that are real works of art. Lapis lazuli, Malachite, Tiger Eye, Red Jasper, Shattuckite, are just some of the stones that distinguish the brand’s home jewels collections.

The processing of semi-precious stones is not limited only to the Mosaico Russo (Russian Mosaic), but also embraces what is called “from full process”, typical of those precious stones, semi-precious stones and precious marbles which are usually treated directly from the rough block, such as the Aquamarine, the Ruby-Zoisite, the Rock Crystal, the colored Quartz, the Black Obsidian, but also the Black Belgium Marble, the Breche de Vendome, the Yellow Siena Marble, the Portoro and the diffrerent kinds of Onyx.

The home jewels of the Baldi collections are also distinguished by similar products or copies thanks to the meticulous chisel details. The Baldi artisans specialized in the technique of goldsmithing, build their own tools in order to work with high quality skills and extreme precision, decorate, enhance, highlight or shade the shapes that bronzes take on after the lost wax casting. Thanks to the chisel the already splendid materials such as the bronze, reach preciousness of decoration and relief, worthy of being equated with works of high goldsmith’s art. Not by chance the verb “cesellare” (chiseling) is commonly used to describe precision and refined beauty.

The bronze details are all made using the lost-wax casting technique. From the artistic point of view this fell into disuse in the West during the medieval period, but the advent of the Florentine Renaissance, thanks to its irrepressible desire to recover the classical heritage, favored its recovery. Baldi is one of the very rare Italian realities that carries out the forms in bronze following this procedure, working with respect for the Florentine artistic tradition.

The third process contributing to the manufacture of a home jewels is the creation of crystal. A process as complex as fascinating. Through the blowing of the molten crystal, the Baldi artisans shape each piece by hand, offering the desired profile and shape. After, the step of grinding: here the crystal, transparent or colored, once solified, is worked by hand with decorative cuts on the surface, of various shapes and styles. At the end of these steps, the polishing occurs, where some parts are made brighter, others more opaque, in order to create a pleasant visual contrast between glossy and satin.

 

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