Alessandro Mazzucotelli


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(b Milan, 30 Dec 1865; d Milan, 29 Jan 1938). Italian metalworker. His family were dealers in iron, and a change of financial circumstances forced him to give up his studies to work with the blacksmith Defendente Oriani in Milan, whose business he later took over (1891). Mazzucotelli's wrought-iron provides the distinguishing character in many buildings in the Stile Liberty style in Italy, Germany and Thailand, where he provided ironwork for buildings (1907-26) by Annibale Rigotti (1870-1968) in Bangkok. From 1902 to 1908 he worked in the firm Mazzucotelli-Engelmann and thereafter independently. He designed jewellery for Calderoni and fabrics for the weaving factory at Brembate (exh. 1906, Esposizione Internazionale del Sempione, Milan). He is best-known for his wrought ironwork, mainly designed as decorative features for buildings. It is in a vigorous Stile Liberty, with flowing semi-figurative botanical forms reminiscent of those in the Victor Horta houses of the early 1890s. It appears in Milan in balustrades and handrails of such buildings as the Palazzo della Borsa (1907; now Post Office), Palazzo Castiglioni (1900-03), Corso Venezia 47 and Villa Romeo (1908; now Clinica Columbus), and in the lamps in the Piazza del Duomo (1927-8).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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