venice’s jeweler to the stars is also its best-kept secret

by:CAI YI JIE     2019-10-10
One morning in the summer of 1973, Attilio Codognato received an emergency call from the Gritti Palace hotel.
The line was lined up by the famous barber, Louis Alexander Raymond, whose name was Alexander de Paris.
He told Codognato bracelet, one of his clients-a golden gem-
Eye snake with diamond crown
They want to see it right away. The clients?
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
But Burton did not want to leave the hotel, he preferred to stay in the hotel for a drink.
Can Codognato come over as soon as possible?
\"So I went to see Liz Taylor in person and used those wonderful eyes,\" Codognato recalls . \" He spoke with a strong Italian accent.
\"Burton was completely drunk.
But they bought that one.
Now the 79-year-old Codognato can enrich a book with these stories.
His family\'s jewelry shop in Venice, known as Casa Codognato, has been a supplier of gorgeous, horrible jewelry for celebrities, artists and royalty members since its opening in 1866.
The Duchess of Windsor and Grace Kelly are clients, as are Ernest Hemingway and Maria Callas.
He said Coco Chanel found a string of famous pearls made of light-colored pearls --
Colorful jadeite in the store.
The damn film director Lucino Visconti is very loyal.
\"When filming the Death in Venice, he comes every day,\" NATO said . \".
\"He never asked me the price.
He buys one every day and always gives someone a gift.
Codognato\'s Jeff Koons said he bought a square green emerald ring for his first wife, Italian porn star Cicciolina, during 1990 Venice Biennale.
Recent fans include Damien Hearst and Nicholas Cage.
These wealthy, powerful and well-known customers attract the elegant craftsmanship and design of tois Codognato
A Latin call to life means \"Remember that you must die.
\"Supermodel Natalia vodiova heard about him from fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and visited with photographer Mario Tesino for the first time while filming for fashion
Her Codognato items include an outrageous red enamel necklace with a legendary past.
\"Obviously, the famous poet from the 20 th century, gafriel danzio, gave a poem to his lover,\" Vodianova said . \".
\"The necklace was full of passion and I had to have it.
Whether you are famous or not, you need confidence in wearing Codognato.
\"You need an unusually strong sense of self-awareness and fashion,\" said Diana Singh, president of the American jewelry historian Association . \".
She said that the design of Codognato reflected the trend of Italian jewelry in some respects.
\"The French jewelry is very elegant. the Germans are correct and civilized.
Italian jewelry is often a bit overdone.
Scale and top, it\'s not a bad thing-
This is a good thing for people who can carry it.
Still, even by Italian standards, the design of Codognato is bold.
\"Attilio is a person who can look at history, symbols, and hidden meanings,\" says Dominic Levy, owner of the New York art gallery, who has a lot of codognato, including a skull ring.
\"When you wear his clothes, you will not only wear something beautiful, but also something that feels powerful.
Anna Sui, a fashion designer who has traveled to Venice many times, said she was initially intimidated by Codognato\'s specialty store.
\"I \'ve always been fascinated by this store because it\'s like going back in time,\" she recalls . \".
\"One day I took the courage to get in and Attilio was very friendly and showed me everything in the store.
He wants me to try everything.
\"She ended up buying a skull ring and then, when Elizabeth Taylor\'s snake bracelet was auctioned at Christie\'s in 2011, she also bought it.
\"It\'s a bit powerful, so you don\'t go to the office wearing it,\" she said . \".
\"It has something very, very amazing.
\"Francesca botoloto Possati, the owner of the five Venice hotels --
The Bauer star hotel is a long-time family friend of the Gordo NATO, and there are also several hotels.
\"He could have opened stores around the world, but he chose to stay in Venice,\" she said . \".
She recently purchased a different version of Taylor\'s golden snake bracelet.
\"He only did two.
Nicole Kidman has another one.
Despite international demand, the Codognato family chose to focus on a boutique.
The hotel is located on the cobblestone street, just a few steps from San Marco Square, just a block away from the Grand Canal, opposite a Chanel store and adjacent to Hermes.
The entrance is not very warm.
The door is locked, heavy gold
The beige curtains cover two windows.
An elegant shop assistant in a cat often
The eyeliner walked along the curtains and measured the size for those who stopped to check the storefront.
As far as I know her name is Marella Loredonna and she opened the door before I could ring the doorbell.
Codognato station, etc.
\"Welcome, sit down,\" he said warmly, giving me an opportunity for the 18 th century --style chair. White-
His hair is thick, his beard is neat, simple but beautiful.
There is no jewelry except his father\'s vintage Cartier watch.
He was kind, thoughtful and almost shy. The cream-
Colorful walls and ceiling with decorative plants
Like the plaster model, it is in sharp contrast to the simple appearance of the store.
The yellow light cast a soft shadow on the stone floor
There are art books on the shelves.
A display case in black-and-
Young Diana Freeland wore a white photo of the Cordo NATO brooch.
The other picture is a woman\'s hand with a gem in her palm --
Artist Christo gave a work to Codognato, who installed saffron last summer-
Walk through the yellow floating walkway of Lake Iseo, Italy.
Marella Loredonna brings necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, placed on a red velvet table top, many shaped like a skull or a snake with gems in the eyes.
Codognato picks up cigarettesbox-
The size pendant depicts the skeleton behind the bar.
\"I like to sell these hard things,\" he said . \"
\"It\'s more of my taste.
You have to think about them.
\"I prefer people who have fewer customers, but who understand the job,\" he continued . \".
\"Sometimes there are five days when no one comes in, and sometimes there may be 10 people.
It\'s impossible to know.
\"During the tourist season and carnival, he closed for a few weeks at a time and chose to stay away from the hustle and bustle.
\"Carnival is not my taste,\" he said . \"
Too many people, too uncivilized.
In any case, few tourists can afford his jewelry, which ranges from $8,500 to $160,000, sometimes even higher.
When the store was closed, a brass sign on the door directed the customer to contact the concierge at the nearby Bauer Hotel, where the Codo NATO stayed for a few years 1960 before getting married.
Casa Codo NATO is a great NATO by Codo-
Simeone, a grandfather who used to be a dealer in ancient painting and art.
Son of Simeone, the first Attilio, born in 1867, trained by jewellers and began designing carefully crafted works inspired by the Etruscan treasures excavated by archaeologists at the time
Some say he even made jewelry for pirates and melted the stolen gold
But unfortunately, rumors are not true.
\"I\'m sorry without pirates,\" said the scodo NATO, shaking its head and smiling.
He would not say where the jewelry was made, but that it was in Venice.
He produces very little wine every year and sells it with wine.
Some were decades ago.
Old jewelry codognatoys buy back in real estate sales, presumably to maintain control over prices.
As for the counterfeiters, they are not worried about him.
\"Many people try to copy [of my work],” he adds. “I let them.
I agreed because they couldn\'t. ” Re-
It is too difficult to create details and too costly, he said.
A small shop, Gioielleria Dogale, Castle near Venice, sale of Codognato-
Esque pieces for price 10-
But even if I don\'t have trained eyes, the difference is obvious.
During my visit to Casa Codognato, none of them were in-store but Codognatoand his two assistants, Marella Loredonna plus grace named Zino Zennaro, both of whom worked here for more than 30 years.
Codognato showed me a ring shaped like a coffin that slides open to reveal a skeleton with an oversized erection and the face with a Greek maiden on the other profile, revealing after opening
\"Why is sex important?
He asked naughty.
\"It\'s interesting, but it\'s serious.
There is a story in some works, but I don\'t want to say it.
He picked up a pair of diamond and enamel skullsand-
Cross earrings for $170,000.
\"Look, this was signed by Attilio.
\"But this is my grandfather, not me,\" he said . \"
\"These are definitely the history of 100.
\"If his father did not die early, Codognato might never go to the jewelry industry --
\"From too much joy,\" he said mysteriously . \".
When his father was away, he took over the store in his 20 s.
But he grew up in the Venice Biennale and became interested in art.
In his 1960 s, he began spending months in New York, where he became friends with Italians --
Leo Castelli, American art dealer
For several years, he even ran a small gallery of pop art in Venice, Sierra Leone square.
There, he became lifelong friends with Christo and his late wife and co-author, Jenny --Claude.
In 1963, he held the first art exhibition of the two in Venice, showing a variety of items wrapped in cloth and rope.
The cardinal who later became Pope John Paul I closed it for \"obscenity.
\"Attilio is a very elegant gentleman with incredible jewelry --
Christo said: \"very risky.
After the show, the artists replaced one of their works with the work of Codognato. “Jeanne-
\"Claude really wants one of them,\" Claude o recalls . \".
\"Even though she never wore jewelry or even wedding rings,\" until later, when she began to wear wedding rings on all her fingers.
Codo NATO also became friends with Andy Warhol, who described in his diary 1977 dinners at the Codo NATO Palace on the Grand Canal in Venice: \"There are 100 people\'s tables in the hall, \"Wo continued to describe how everyone got together late at night, sending guests even after the building was shaken by an earthquake-and paintings—tumbling. (
Now, as a member of the Tate International Council in London, Codognato is still hosting a dinner at the Venice Biennale. )
A few days after visiting his shop, I plan to meet with Codo NATO at the same palace of that famous dinner.
When I was waiting for the steamboat at the nearby pier
Venice water taxi
A stranger approached
\"I\'m Mario, the son of atirio,\" said the glasses-wearing man who looks like a Swiss businessman.
\"Attilio describes you perfectly.
The result was an examination in the hospital.
Mario, the curator from Milan, said he would show me around.
We walked together through a garden and came to the 16 th century airy piano nobile of tocodo NATO, which looked more like an art gallery than a home with high ceilings and red terrazzo floors.
A housekeeper brought a tray with espressos and Danish butter cookies in it and put them in a jar on the table in the hall.
A Maurizio Cattelan bicycle is parked near a picture of a Chirico;
The open carton was hung on the wall and there was a long rope on the floor, both of which were Robert Lawson\'s work.
\"Everything you see here is more or less bought at the time of production,\" Mario said . \".
A nearby restaurant displays more artwork, including a portrait of Warhol from the young Codo NATO, Tuscan pottery, a golden chair with a snake-back around, and Bruce Nurman
At the same time, the living room is decorated with floral Warhol carpets, Koons sculptures of ventilation pipes, walls of Duchamp artwork, piles of classical CDs, novels, and Codo NATO wife Gabriel, an architect, work with Warhol and Castelli.
\"My father has always loved art.
\"He even tried to train as an artist,\" Mario said . \".
These wishes were abandoned in high school, but codognato\'s fascination with pop music and contemporary works may have influenced his more humorous and sexy jewelry design.
\"This is doing kitsch, not kitsch,\" Mario said . \".
\"Many contemporary art is also marginal and can be read in different ways.
But Mario is not sure.
\"My father doesn\'t talk much about jewelry,\" he said . \" He also added that he did not even know where the jewelry of ecodognato was made.
Once Codognato disappears, it is not clear what will happen to the family business. “I have a 16-year-
Old people who may be interested, \"said Mario.
\"But he\'s too small.
As for aterio, I will never see him again.
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