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Ernesto Carati

  • Carati Ambrogio
  • Bronzesmith
  • Milan, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Ernesto Carati Bronzesmith
Contact
Italian, English, Spanish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 0289402884
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Keeping bronze in the family

  • • The Carati family workshop was founded in 1894
  • • It specialises in furniture and accessories in brass and bronze
  • • The city of Milan awarded it the title of Historical Workshop

Ambrogio Carati’s workshop was originally founded by Ambrogio’s grandfather Enrico in 1894. It is now run by Ambrogio and his two sons, Ernesto and Francesco. “This has been a family business for four generations,” says Ernesto. “I learned the different manufacturing techniques from my father and master Ambrogio. I don't remember exactly when I thought about starting this craft. I simply went naturally from playing with my first welded pieces when I was little more than a child, to making my first complete and functional objects as a boy. I was always passionate about drawing and when I realised that I could materially accomplish what I planned on paper, I started to create my first small projects.”

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Works

  • © Ernesto Carati
  • © Ernesto Carati
  • © Ernesto Carati
  • © Ernesto Carati
  • © Ernesto Carati
Photo: © Ernesto Carati
Basket Bouillotte – three lights

This elegant table lamp was based on an original Louis XVI model. It was handcrafted following traditional techniques, including the lost wax method of casting. The bronze parts were then smoothed, assembled, welded, chiselled and eventually gilded. While Ernesto still uses 400-year-old processes, he sometimes also employs new technologies to aid his work.

Height 660 cm

Photo: © Ernesto Carati
Florentine Suspension Chandelier – six lights

This chandelier has six electrified lights and was made especially to be suspended on the wall. It was modelled after a Napoleon III oil lamp and was handcrafted following traditional techniques, including the lost wax method of casting. The bronze parts were then smoothed, assembled, welded, chiselled and eventually gilded.

Diameter 320 cm

Photo: © Ernesto Carati
Applique 'Putto' – four lights

This was modelled on an Empire Parisian wall chandelier. It was handcrafted according to traditional techniques, including the lost wax method of casting. The bronze parts were then smoothed, assembled, welded, chiselled and eventually gilded.

Height 50 cm

Photo: © Ernesto Carati
Swans Bouillotte – three lights

This elegant table lamp was modelled on an Empire style original. It was handcrafted following traditional techniques, including the lost wax method of casting. The bronze parts were then smoothed, assembled, welded, chiselled and eventually gilded. While Ernesto still uses 400-year-old processes, he sometimes also employs new technologies to aid his work.

Height 66 cm

Photo: © Ernesto Carati
Louis XVI Lantern – three lights

This piece is part of a series of lanterns in various styles and sizes generally made using French and Italian production methods.

Height 62 cm

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