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Renowned Venetian Jeweler Attilio Codognato Passes Away at 83

by Madonna

Venice, Italy – Attilio Codognato, the esteemed Italian jeweler whose family legacy spanned over a century in Venice, has died at the age of 83. Codognato, who had been in frail health in recent weeks, passed away on Sunday, leaving behind a rich heritage of exquisite jewelry design.

Codognato’s family-run jeweler operation, established by Simeone Codognato in 1866 near Piazza San Marco, became synonymous with unique designs inspired by Byzantine, Roman, and Renaissance influences. The family’s boutique was not just a store but a destination, attracting some of the world’s most discerning clients.


A fourth-generation jeweler, Attilio Codognato crafted timeless pieces that captured the attention of an illustrious clientele, including Hollywood icon Richard Burton. In 1973, Burton purchased a golden gem-eyed snake with a crown of diamonds for his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor, a testament to the jeweler’s artistry and commitment to delivering bespoke creations.


Codognato’s discreet and exclusive approach to his craft earned him a reputation as one of the most respected and mysterious jewelry designers. His discretion extended to working only with select clients, cultivating a devoted following akin to a cult.


Tatiana Sorokko, a friend of Codognato for over 30 years, highlighted his unique appeal, stating, “He designed jewelry that men liked to wear. Alessandro Michele and [the actor] Nicolas Cage bought rings from him. And the photographer Gilles Bensimon was always wearing his rings.”

Beyond his contributions to the world of jewelry, Codognato made a mark in the art world by opening an art gallery in Venice in the 1960s. His appreciation for contemporary art was evident in his collection, featuring works by artists such as Lucio Fontana, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bruce Nauman.

As a highly private individual, Codognato’s influence extended beyond jewelry, leaving an indelible mark on the intersection of art and fashion. Artists like Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons, as well as fashion designer Anna Sui, were among those who admired and celebrated his craft.

Attilio Codognato is survived by his son, Mario, a contemporary art curator and director of the Anish Kapoor Foundation, and his daughter, Christina, affectionately known as “Kika.”

Coinciding with his passing, Assouline is set to release the book “Codognato Masterpiece” this month, commemorating the legacy of a jeweler whose artistry transcended time and left an enduring imprint on the world of fine craftsmanship.


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