It's easy to see these Bulatti earrings are exceptional, even before reading the maker's signature. You'll notice first their elegant design and then no-detail-spared quality. Those two factors have made the The Bulatti organization a major force in hand-made fashion jewelry since the early 20th century, operating now in Milan, Paris and Amsterdam.
These earrings are of course a long-discontinued design. They would have been made around 1930, when Italy was in the midst of a Neo-Classical Revival. Ancient grandeur was terrifically in style, since Mussolini thought of himself as a latter-day Roman Emperor. Here that taste was honored and given a Modernist spin through the bold scale of the earrings. They're quite large (about 1 5/8" x 1 1/4"), although light enough to feel comfortable on.
Featuring multi-layered construction in the classical tradition, the highly dimensional sterling frames are ornamented with lots of fine engraving (even on the backs). Fitted into these are ovals of what appears to be malachite, but could be celluloid. Atop that deep forest green background, intricately worked sterling bezels hold slices of luminous mother-of-pearl. Additionally, each earring has a dozen diamond rhinestones in perfect balance: three at each compass point.
Condition of the earrings is marvelous. There's a substantial amount of patina, which I haven't wanted to remove (in deference to the purists among us), but no damage and it takes high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear. The fasteners are early clips of the type that grew more dominant than screws during the 1930s. Here they're fixed onto circular silver plates that descend from the upper curve of the frames.
Provenance of these treasures is a New England estate and our price represents a great bargain. Even brand-new Bulatti pieces are fetching in the neighborhood of $125.
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