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The paduan goldsmith school

In the second half of the twentieth century, Padua became the main avant-garde art centre in Italy. The cultural engine of this innovation was the institute "Pietro Selvatico", a goldsmith school of ancient foundation, which featured Mario Pinton, a leading figure in the goldsmith movement, as teacher and principal. Pinton knew how to transmit a revolutionary aesthetic and operational philosophy to his students. That is:

We don’t have to create jewels designed by artists or architects, but works of art designed by a single person capable of interpreting and carrying out a single thought.

The Paduan school, in fact, does not conceive the separation between artist-designer and craftsman-maker.

Venicio Bovo and the “Atelier des Orfèvres”

In this cultural ferment, in 1966, the “Atelier des Orfèvres" was founded, a workshop of jewels and decorative objects, where classic taste and modernity blended naturally, created in small series and entirely made by hand.

Here Bovo, a very young Venetian, delved into the secrets of the artistic-crafting working techniques of metals, especially brass, copper, silver, gold, and this experience deeply left a mark on his personality and professionalism. Before long Venicio became head of the silver department and master goldsmith.

1977: Marven was founded

Venico, endowed with a very lively creative spirit, combined with the contemporary vision of the object, and referring to the teachings of the master Pinton, founded his artistic studio-workshop in ” Riviera del Brenta”, between Padua and Venice.

Marven was founded thus, the place where finally it’s possible to enhance that refined manual skill, compliant with the creative thinking rather than with the interpretation of the precious material itself.