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Platimiro Fiorenza

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor
Contact
Italian
Hours:
Monday to Friday 09:30 - 13:00 / 17:00 - 20:00 and Saturday 09:30 - 13:00 / 17:00 - 19:30
Phone:
+39 3205758505
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When coral is part of the family

  • • The Fiorenza family coral workshop originally opened in 1921
  • • Platimiro has triumphed in various competitions
  • • As well as coral, he has dedicated his life to art, restoration and poetry

Sicily is traditionally famed for the exquisite coral creations of the town of Trapani, where Platimiro Fiorenza is a highly appreciated coral sculptor. Born in 1944, Platimiro started working in his father’s workshop at the age of six, and has dedicated his entire life to keeping the centuries-old tradition of coral craftsmanship alive for the future. The value of Platimiro's work was recognised in 2013 when he was named one of Sicily's Living Human Treasures as part of Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage programme. The RossoCorallo project, born in 2012 from an idea by Platimiro’s daughter Rosadea, aims to narrate the artistic tradition of coral craft through his masterpieces.

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Works

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Plate

This plate is made exclusively by hand with the 17th century Trapani technique called 'retroincastro' (reverse-embedding). Each coral element is set from the back through drill holes made to house the coral.

Width 26 cm
Height 26 cm

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor
Photo: © Stanislao Savalli
Ciborium

The ciborium is a liturgical object used in the Catholic church and other Christian confessions to preserve the communion wafers after the Eucharistic celebration. This work was made exclusively by hand with the 17th century Trapani technique called 'retroincastro' (reverse-embedding), where each coral element is set from the back through drill holes made to house the coral.

Width 13 cm
Height 36 cm

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor
Photo: © Stanislao Savalli
Nativity

This nativity scene is full of small figures made entirely by hand. The artwork was made using coral, gold, silver, nacre and turquoise.

Width 67 cm
Height 47 cm
Depth 43

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor
Photo: © Stanislao Savalli
Jewellery box

Box made exclusively by hand with the 17th century Trapani technique called 'retroincastro' (reverse-embedding). Each coral element is set from the back through drill holes made to house the coral.

Width 24 cm
Height 8 cm
Depth 13

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor
Photo: © Stanislao Savalli
Tiara

Tiara in gold, coral, oriental pearls and diamonds, made exclusively by hand in a 19th century style.

Width 14 cm
Height 9 cm

Platimiro Fiorenza Coral sculptor

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