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Diego Percossi Papi

Diego Percossi Papi Jewellery maker
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Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 18:30
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From Rome with love

  • • Diego is fascinated by the classical world
  • • His style is well defined and recognisable
  • • Symbol, colour, extemporaneity, all feature in his works

After graduating in Architecture, Diego Percossi Papi became a self-taught artist, sculptor and goldsmith. He has his own style, which he defines as based on everyday life and resulting from natural evolution following artistic experiments and experiences. Born in Rome, Diego's cultural influences are Bernini and Borromini, among others. Diego affirms that “knowing our history is knowing our roots”. Rome, its history and its artistic treasures are always in his mind, particularly the Baroque heritage. “Rome is essential to me. The curl, for example, that is in the facades of some churches, comes from an Etruscan tradition. It has a fitting function, which binds the elements. The curl is in all my sketches".

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Works

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Neoclassic earrings

The neoclassical iconography depicts Euterpe, the muse of music, is combined with a floral frame in micro-mosaic made of small natural pearls. Blue topazes and rubies complement the ensemble and add colours and brightness.

Length 9.5 cm

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Perseo's diadema

The coral and pearl diadem adorned the head of the winning Perseus (2009 Palazzo Venezia, Rome) and was the inspiring fulcrum of a ballet by Marinski's students in the Marble Hall of the Ethnographic Museum during the annual Diaghilev P.S. Festival (S.Petersburg). “Perseus rested the severed head of Medusa on a rock covered with algae. And the stream of blood that still flowed from the terrifying laceration petrified the marine vegetation by dyeing it red and thus giving rise to the coral” M.Marini.

Height 14 cm
Width 18 cm

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Medusa

This brooch was inspired by Caravaggio's Medusa and Ovid's Metamorphoses poem. “Where the Gorgon-head dropped clots of gore, that, quickening on the ground, became unnumbered serpents”.

Height 25 cm
Width 20 cm

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Elephant and Obelisk

This bronze elephant was handcrafted and cast following the lost wax technique and complemented with a crystal rock obelisk. The piece was created as a tribute to the Gianlorento Bernini’s elephant, commissioned by Pope Alexander VII in the 17th century. It was adorned with the cloisonné enamel technique on gold plated silver with built-in emeralds, rubies, citrines and pearls.

Height 20 cm
Width 15 cm

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Kokoshnik brooch

The Kokoshnik brooch is part of the ongoing Russian Tales collection. It was handcrafted with the cloisonné enamel technique on gold plated silver and copper and adorned with multiples pearls and gemstones. This collection emerged following years of collaboration with the Russkiye Samotsvety jewellery company of St. Petersburg.

Height 20 cm
Width 15 cm

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