Le scagliola florentin a eu son heure de gloire avec l’abbé Enrico Hugford (1695-1771) qui a fasciné de nombreuses cours européennes. En Scagliola sont faits les meubles, les tableaux, les colonnes et les sols du Palais de Versailles, de Palazzo Pitti, du Chateau de Windsor, du palais de l’Ermitage à Saint-Pétersbourg et bien d’autres palais historiques...
Scagliola is a fascinating and elaborate working for the continuous diligence and research: it is a particular inlay technique that uses natural materials just like selenite powder, colored pigments and natural glues. The use of this material, known to the Romans and used like decoration and building materials, became a real expression of art during the XVII century able to mix painting, inlay and shaping.
Florentine scagliola had its moment of glory with the abbot Enrico Hugford (1695-1771) and it fascinated many European courts. In facts scagliola furnished with tables, pictures, columns and floors Versailles Palace, Palazzo Pitti, Windsor Caste, Hermitage Palace in St. Petersburg and many others.
Putting Florence back at the centre of a new Grand Tour for all art-lovers in search of something unique for their homes required the passion of an office worker/artist, Bianco Bianchi, who loved painting and who dedicated ten years (at the end of the Forties) of his free time searching for the right formula for the scagliola mixes.
Today his children Alessandro and Elisabetta, who inherited his passion, continue to produce masterpieces with the same antique technique, restore antique works and organise courses for students and art lovers.
The showroom of Bianchi family is in Borgo San Jacopo between Ponte Santa Trinita and Ponte Vecchio. It offers a selection of scagliola table tops (antique and of new production), interior design items and gift goods that are making precious the most beautiful houses in the world from fifty years.
In Pontassieve there is the workshop of working and restoration. Here it is possible to see (by appointment) a part of the beautiful collection of antique scagliola, one of the most important in the world.
The showroom is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 pm to 07:00 pm; on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Sunday is closed. It is possible to agree a different day or time.
Anyway it is better to call at this numbers: 3393843048 and 3937355541