In Sabaudia, an artistic workshop of metal craftsmanship
L’arte del ferro battuto is an artistic workshop of metal, iron, copper and brass craftsmanship. A treasure chest placed in Sabaudia, where it is possible to admire copper bas-relieves representing still lives, woman’s faces and artistic nudes; copper embossed amphorae, unique pieces that reproduce anthropomorphic fantastic shapes, like propitiatory dwarf hunchbacked elf, with a perfect working oil lamp.
Here you can find a very large collection of wrought iron and bass beds which reproduce the natural elegance of flowers and the soft lines of trees.
Founded in 1908 by Ennio Bono, the workshop was inherited by his son Virgilio who learnt to work metals by observing the craftsman techniques of the father. Virgilio is still using his father’s tools.
The ability and the intuition allowed Virgilio Bono to transfer a piece of Cinecittà in Latina province. In fact, the armours of the roman centurions and the decoration for the colossal “Cleopatra” were created in this workshop in a record time. Every work moves from the mind to the paper: first, there is the study, the sketch and then the real creation with metallic material.
For his works, Virglio Bono, won many awards, making Italy and Sabaudia famous abroad. Currently, he is also supported by Elisabetta Bono, in order to follow an artistic tradition that is passed on in the family and that was able to evolve and fulfil the market needs by keeping intact all the force of unique pieces made of art.
The municipality of Sabaudia finances a school of Arts and Crafts”, dedicated to and directed by Master Virgilio Bono for the recovery and the conservation of the typical, traditional and artistic local craft in order to preserve it.