Wandering and Wondering

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Nicola Cocchi

Piazza Ciompi and surrounding streets in the Santa Croce district of Florence are home to an array of interesting antique shops and stalls. Many Florentines visit the area to hunt out bargains, especially on the last Sunday of every month when the area is closed off to traffic and vendors set up stalls along the streets.

Piazza Ciompi Antique Market

Apart from the sale of antiques, restoration is also an important business. Meet Nicola Cocchi, who operates an antique restoration workshop on Borgo Allegri.

Meet Nicola Cocchi

One of the many tasks which Nicola undertakes as part of his work is the creation of ornamental statuettes. The plaster figure is first created from a silicone mould.

Plaster cast

23.75 carat gold leaf (ie 99% pure gold) is then applied in small pieces until the entire figure is coated.

Applying the gold leaf

Nicola has been doing this kind of work for over 15 years, and has a real passion for his job. “Io amo veramente il mio lavoro”. (I really love my job).

Nicola holding the finished piece

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