About Antonio Vaccari of Venice
Since the 19th century, the Vaccari family's imagination has been fueled with a light as ancient as Venice. The source of this light is their knowledge of “lavorazione a lume”, or glass lampworking, a tradition as warm as fire and primordial as colour, turning Murano glass canes into beautiful jewelry made of Venetian beads. Augusto Vaccari and his son Antonio were the importers of this tradition into modern times, introducing their lampwork glass creations into France and England and for the first time, Vaccari's creations became famous outside of Venice.
Their Venetian beads were inspired by golden colors of the Byzantine era: shiny mosaic beads, pieces of art overflowing with gold, silver and murrina patterns. Antonio Vaccari's Venetian beads were even used as interior decorations. The “conterie”, better known as seed beads, were used to create the exquisitely beautiful “fiori di conterie”. Flowers made up of these tiny beads can be even more beautiful than real flowers, as they preserve their beauty forever.
The legend tells that it was a French noblewoman who first asked Antonio Vaccari to create glass jewelry for her to wear to a ball. Thus was born the jewelry line of Antonio Vaccari. Thanks to that noblewoman, Antonio and his following generations have been turning beads and “conterie” into today's fashion necklaces and bijoux. Today, Giorgio Vaccari and his son Federico, the fourth generation, preserves the art of bead making, still trusting the expert hands of traditional craftswomen to guard the secrets of these magical creations of Venetian beads and preserve the art of yesterday.
CellaBella is a partnership between CellaBella and Vaccari. For many years we worked with the beads of Antonio Vaccari and carried a line of jewelry. We found that our cooperation grew and that we each brought a new life to our business. We first exhibited together in Las Vegas in 2013 with our first joint designs. We introduced the line of PerlaVita large hole beads together having created the tooling and ideas for the project together.
We did not have a name for this collaboration.
So sitting in the office of Antonio Vaccari one spring afternoon, we brainstormed names along with consuming several bottles of Prosecco. The one which we could all agree was CellaBella named after our own little Marcella, or as we like to call her our Venetian souvenir. She spent afternoons chasing the pigeons around Piazza San Marco and eating gelato The Venetians naturally gave her a nickname, Cella Bella. She spent many days with us in the furnaces where she had no fear of the fire or the hot glass like so many of the children of Murano. She preferred to go to work with us in the furnace and to all supplier factories. When she was bored, she made bead paintings or pleaded with the glass blowers to make yet another horse.