This creation, refined with the honeycomb technique, has been realized for the Grimaldi family to celebrate the 700th year of their reign.
The beautiful front represents the flag of the principality through the red of the rubies and the white of the diamonds. The total number of gemstones set in the masterpiece are 700, like the years of reign of the Grimaldi Family.
The names of all the wise rulers of the principality of Monaco have been written in the shiny gold through the honeycomb technique on the edges of the flag. On the reverse of Te deum, there is a boat, symbolizing the legend of the arrival of the Saint Devota, and Francesco Grimaldi, the first ruler who conquered Monaco by disguising himself as a monk.
These two symbols are protected by the hands of God. The dolphins, the geese, and the dove represent the smartness, the alertness, and the peace in the reign. On the reverse, it is possible to admire two Harps, symbols of love and musicality, and they also recall the Irish origin of Grace Kelly.
The masterpiece has been hand-crafted with the finest 18kt yellow gold. The front of the piece is set with a natural pure Brazilian Aquamarine, like the crystalline sea of the Amalfi coast; the flowers were set with the fancy colour diamonds, inspired by the Gardens of Villa Rufolo, and the tearing Holy Grail Cup has been set with hand-selected white diamonds. The two faces on the sides are Kundry, the messenger of the Grail, and the wicked Klingsor.
The reverse of the piece is embellished with the signature technique of the Figurative Honeycomb. The four elements of Empedocles (air, fire, water, and earth) are portrayed with symbols: a blowing cherub, flames, a dolphin and a shell, and the dove of peace.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco described it as the “Masterpiece of Jewellery”.
Master Rosmundo, after being inspired by the music, philosophy and architecture, decides to approach archaeology, in fact the mosaic floor of the 4th century B.C. which it is based in the ancient Greek city of â€œVolceiâ€ (Buccino- Italy), becomes inspiration for this new masterpiece: â€œThe passion of manâ€.
The front of the creation represents, through the exclusive technique of the figurative honeycomb, the mosaic of the banquet hall dedicated to Dionysus. The four beautiful diamond dolphins symbolize.The centre ruby, represents the wine, the main element of the Dionysian Symposium. The Kylix- the cup where the ancient Greeks used to drink wine. The beehive, at the rear of the Kylix, represents the honey that together with the milk were the food provided by the Hyades to feed the god during his childhood.
Dionysus is standing above and he holds on one hand the magic thyrsus which it has the power to make milk and honey flow out by touching a rock and on the other hand he holds the cup of wine, a sweet drink that causes inebriation and it also awakes the passion of man. The panther and the snake are together with Dionysus as they are the two sacred animals to him. The feline hauled his wedding carriage with Arianna and the reptile led him to taste the grapes.
There is, behind the god, the Mount Nysa, where the constellation of the nymphs Hyades, transformed in stars by Zeus as a reward after their death, is still shining in the Taurus constellation. The figurative honeycomb technique alternates light and shadow, day and night, creating a perfect harmony.
On the front of the piece, man’s paths to Paradise, where the centre of light dwells, are shown in the glistening Rosmundo honeycomb technique.
The arcs on the top of the medallion draw together the human and the divine, while the eight gates on the pendant suggest the cosmic order around the central octagon a symbol of fire and of the divine light.
The seven niches that surround the pendant represent the seven prophets of Islam. On the other side of the pendant, you can see wings of angels and a representation of the immortal and benevolent Arabic Felix bird, Simurgh.
Rarely have art and craft been as closely intertwined as in our 2007 piece â€˜La Scafa’.
Closely inspired by the work of landscape painter, Jacob Philipp Hackert, the virtuosity on display in capturing a painting in gold and the typical animal of the Sele Valley on the front of the piece are balanced by the playfulness of the reverse side of the piece, where a winking sun hovers above a cornucopia of animals, while Apollo, according to the roman legend, is raising a new day with his charioteer.
La Scafa was featured at the Reggia di Caserta exhibition, which marked the 200-year anniversary of Hackert’s death.