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From Rome with Baubles

Edited by Lauren Murrow | September 20, 2013 | Story Fashion

“I always visit Bulgari,” Andy Warhol once said. “It is the most important museum of contemporary art.” Apt, then, that the glitzy Italian jeweler will showcase four decades of bling at the de Young this month, from the fist-size emeralds of Elizabeth Taylor’s trove to diamond-studded ice cream cone brooches and gilded ashtrays. A collaboration between the museum’s curator of European decorative arts, Martin Chapman, and the jeweler’s archivists in Italy, the 145-piece exhibit primarily comprises pieces flown in from the Bulgari Heritage Collection in Rome, though locals like Denise Hale and Dede Wilsey also lent their own gems. “We have pretty spiffy security,” says Chapman, dryly. In the slideshow above, we asked the curator for a Bulgari primer.

“The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond,” Sept. 21–Feb. 17, deyoung.famsf.org

Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco

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