The silversmith has a sense of humor.

There is something wonderful to think about the wonders of the world emanating from Florence: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Machiavelli, opera, piano, perfume and more. When you experience great works of art Imagine Leonardo’s preferences in their workshop and the kind of practice the artist had to go through in order to achieve beauty. We can see this magic in action at Pamploni SilversmithworkshopOutside the center of Florence

on by del glesominoIt is a street lined with low buildings. of a modern building that descends from Michelangelo Square There is a simple building in front with gates and lush greenery. A strange looking statue stood in front of the door where everyone You can’t miss it if you don’t know what to look for. An old, straightforward wooden door opened. and a handsome middle-aged man with a grayish tint have appearance and strength welcomes you with a distorted smile You later realize that the twist in that smile came from the fact that he knew he was going to show you something similar to Alice’s entry into Wonderland.

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Gianfranco Pampaloni Ph. @Marcobadiani

The first thing you notice is ancient. chest next to the left wall It was intricately carved and several meters taller than the average person. The only true light at the entrance came from the front door that was still open. several meters away There seems to be an ethereal light that attracts you. It’s not an ordinary light But it’s a reflection that looks like dancing. Just a few steps to a wonderful world. It takes a moment to realize that your mouth is open. Be captivated by its overall beauty, less than the details that catch your eye. A strange water urn that doesn’t seem like a craft. but spun out of some kind of silver magic Easily placed behind glass cabinets It’s unique. If it can talk (and it feels like it can talk), it’ll say it. “Welcome to the workshop of Gianfranco Pampaloni, Florence Silversmith. May I share my story?”

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Silver products created by Pampaloni Ph. @marcobadiani

One glanced at the graceful little man and saw a distorted smile once again. He didn’t have to say much because the artwork spoke for him. There are conservative wax figures taken from life-sized silver sculptures of what appears to be a saint. by leaning against one corner has a collection of silver tableware An arbitrary show, one of which was probably Catherine de’ Medici’s fork she brought to Paris. giving the French the ability to aerate ingredients such as cream, there luxury candlestick, eye protection made with shiny silver spoons and summary of the jewssuch as the unique volumes and Kiddush cups. which will be used for wine to welcome the Queen’s Sabbath There are handbags with silver handles, crowns, cups, cups, plants, animals, Tiffany glass-lined finger bowls, urns, teapots: We are in artisan silver wonderland.

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Pampaloni Silverware Workshop in Via del Gelsomino, Florence Ph. @Marcobadiani

The dignified man then shared quietly but energetic.

“My grandfather built all of this in a shop on Ponte Vecchio in 1902 with the First World War. business stopped And my grandfather moved into the business of building window bays for submarines. This was a complicated business because the windows had to be airtight. After the war, my grandfather continued to trade with my father. by using an elegant method of making silverware that emphasizes fine lines and restraint. When it was my turn to take over the business in 1981, I didn’t view silver as merely a status symbol and a precious metal. I see it as a metal that can spin into an exciting expression of our imagination. So I created a silver collection inspired by Roman painter Giovanni Maggi’s 1604 painting, with timeless mugs and cutlery swirling from years of fun and whimsical. new”

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Silversmith and Jobs and Pampaloni Ph.D. @marcobadiani

All this magic is created right here in the workshop. There were many craftsmen at the pillars, some in front of the large spinning wheel. Someone in front of the torch Some are strapped to a machine using their natural weight to form the metal. There are polishers and sculptors available to explain what they do. to achieve timeless beautiful works There was a machine that looked like a giant tensing its muscles. There is a melting room where Gianfranco recounts that when he was eight years old. He and his friend were in serious trouble. The heat required to melt the silver is almost 1000 degrees centigrade. And this room has an exhaust pole that goes up to the roof with a fan. One day, Gianfranco’s father saw liquid flow down a pipe and into the money. It wreaks havoc and makes no sense at all. until he discovered that his youngest son thought it would be funny to “Pee in the fan” Gianfranco had a traitorous aura. and many years ago He turned that edge into an extraordinary beauty.

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Pampaloni Silverware Workshop in Via del Gelsomino, Florence Ph. @Marcobadiani

At the back of the store there is a staircase leading to a hidden second-floor room. Known in Florence as top secret restaurant. Serves as a delegate for the artisans by day. In the evening, silver adorns the table with enough room for 35 guests, candles illuminate the room and a special themed dinner is served. The food was Japanese food for a while. Then the Jewish food was impregnated for a while. Getting a seat at this silversmith’s grand dining table is one of the hardest tickets to buy in Florence. What style of food will be next? For now, this is Gianfranco’s secret. However, he points out that the throne at the head of the table came from the Maggio Musicale, part of the discarded Verdi ensemble. go as well as Humorous Italian political statements spread throughout the workshop.All support liberal ideas.

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Restaurant on the 1st floor of the Pampaloni Silver Workshop in Via del Gelsomino, Florence Ph. @marcobadiani

In front of the store is a large vault. The door was open and silver wonders were lined up inside. To enter is to go back in time to a world without computers. where craftsmen work by hand alone And their age-defying results were revealed for those lucky enough to see them. Gianfranco dug into the bag and pulled out two handfuls of beads. let it flow through his finger

“This is how it all started. with these pure silver beads.”

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Silver beads in hand of Granfranco Pampaloni Ph. @marcobadiani


“This is how it all started. with these pure silver beads.”

The image of this quiet energetic man surrounded by glittering objects from his restless imagination is palpable. For a moment, you feel part of what made Florence the birthplace of art. Inspiration can visit the store in via Porta Rossa where Pampaloni’s specialty items can be purchased. and if anyone is lucky they may be invited to go to secret restaurantwhere Florence, time and imagination all live.

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