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Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
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Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation

Gabriele and Tommaso Maselli

Gabriele and Tommaso Maselli Frame maker
Contact
Italian
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 13:00/15:00 - 19:30
Phone:
+39 055282142
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Florence in a frame

  • • Gabriele has been nominated a master artisan
  • • Tommaso is studying at the prestigious Opificio delle Pietre Dure school
  • • Their collections include more that 600 unique pieces

The Maselli family shop was first opened in 1955 in the heart of Florence by Paolo Maselli. The production mainly involved antique prints and handmade frames. Paolo passed down the love for this work to Gabriele, his son, who has been running the family business since 1979. He’s been honoured with the title of master artisan thanks to his impeccable skills in gold-plating, frame restoration and wood carving. Gabriele is now proud to be teaching his craft to his son Tommaso, 20. The young artisan is as passionate about the craft as his father and his talent in wood carving is already exceptional. Today, 60 years since its foundation, Bottega d’Arte Maselli still provides high-quality handmade creations, sold all over the world.

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Works

  • Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
  • © All rights reserved
Photo: Pietro Lucerni © Michelangelo Foundation
Scartoccio

Hand carved frame with floral motifs. It is composed of seven different pieces, roughed individually and then joined together to be finished. Before moving on to the gilding, more layers of clay lands are laid out with the aim of improving the burnishing and giving a basic chromatic effect to the gold. After the gouache gilding with 24k gold leaves, the coating process can start.

Length 25.5 cm
Width 7.5 cm
Height 30 cm
Diameter 12 cm

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Luigi XV

Hand carved frame made only from two different pieces of wood joined together. The chosen wood is linden, which is characterized by a pinkish color. On the surface there are some 18th century motifs and floral decorations. A magnifying glass was used to carve it, as the frame has very small and sophisticated carvings

Length 13.5 cm
Width 1.2 cm
Height 17 cm

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Settecento

This frame is entirely hand carved and consists of 12 pieces. It is made of two different types of wood: poplar, used as a structure and linden wood, used for the carved parts. The frame has a homogeneous carving. On the corners there are floral decorations. It has very detailed carving so it was made using a magnifying glass.

Length 10.5 cm
Width 2 cm
Height 10.5 cm

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Pochette

This is a hand carved and gilded frame in pure gold. It was created in 2020 in collaboration with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for the fashion show at Palazzo Vecchio, in the Salone dei Cinquecento. This is a model made specifically for this event. The frame is characterised by a leaf in each corner.

Length 18 cm
Width 21 cm
Height 7.5 cm

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Traforata

This is an entirely hand carved frame and it is characterized by a symmetrical carving and decorated with 24 carat gold leaf. Before moving on to the gilding, more layers of clay lands are laid out with the aim of improving the burnishing and giving a basic chromatic effect to the gold.

Length 31 cm
Width 3 cm
Height 25 cm

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