Lot 48: Bulgari, Bi-Fold Logomania Nylon Wallet, Italy, 2000s
25 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Yellow patent leather, nylon, gold-toned metal
Bulgari – Italian luxury jeweler, founded in 1884 in Rome
With company’s logos as well as embossed ‘Bulgari’, ‘Made in Italy’ and ‘Abemem’
Small bi-fold wallet
Broad strap with Echt Prym snap fastener
On the inside several pockets for coins, credit cards and notes
Dimensions (folded up): 10 x 9 x 1.5 cm
Dimensions (unfolded): 10 x 18 x 1 cm
The wallet shows signs of wear. The edges are partially heavier rubbed. In places soiling and usual stress marks. The folded up size measures 10 x 9 x 1.5 cm, the unfolded size is 10 x 18 x 1 cm.
Bulgari was founded by Sotirio Bulgari, who was descended from a family of silversmiths. In 1884 he opened his first shop in Rome on the Via Sistina, and then in 1905 moved to the Via dei Condotti where the shop remains today. His sons Giorgio and Costantino took over the business in 1932. They are credited with creating the highly distinctive ‘Bvlgari’ style, inspired by Greek and Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th century Roman school of goldsmiths. Bulgari jewels set with ancient coins are signature pieces, as are the firm's flexible, ribbed gold ‘tubogas’ necklaces, bracelets, wristwatches and earrings. The top echelon of Italian society has patronized Bulgari for decades; some of their more illustrious clientele include actresses Anna Magnani, Gina Lolobrigida and Elizabeth Taylor. The 1970s marked the beginning of Bulgari’s international expansion with the opening of stores in New York (its first overseas), Paris, Geneva, and Monte Carlo, building towards more than 155 international stores today.
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