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Alessandro Mazzucotelli (Lodi, 30 september 1865 Milano, 29 january 1938)

Italian metalworker.

 His family were dealers in iron, and a change of financial circumstances forced him to give up his studies to work with the blacksmith Defendente Oriani in Milan, whose business he later took over (1891). He had great success in the first Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Decorativa in Turin in 1902. In 1903 he travelled throughout Europe with the cabinetmaker Eugenio Quarti and on his return began teaching in the crafts school of the Societ? Umanitaria in Milan. Mazzucotelli's wrought-iron provides the distinguishing character in many buildings in the Stile Liberty style in Italy, Germany and Thailand, where he provided ironwork for Annibale Rigotti's buildings (1907-26) in Bangkok. From 1902 to 1908 he worked in the firm Mazzucotelli-Engelmann and thereafter independently. From 1922 he ran the Scuola d'Arte Decorativa di Monza in Milan. He designed jewellery for Calderoni and fabrics for the weaving factory at Brembate (exh. 1906, Esposizione Internazionale del Sempione, Milan), and he exhibited at both the Exposition Universelle et Internationale in Brussels (1910) and the Exposition Internationale des Arts D?coratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris (1925). He is best-known for his wrought ironwork, mainly designed as decorative features for buildings. It is in a vigorous Stile Liberty, with flowing semi-figurative botanical forms reminiscent of those in the Victor Horta houses of the early 1890s. It appears in balustrades and handrails of such buildings as the Palazzo della Borsa (1907; now Post Office) in Milan by Luigi Broggi, Palazzo Castiglioni (1900-03), Corso Venezia 47 and Villa Romeo (1908; now Clinica Columbus), both in Milan and by Guiseppe Sommaruga, and in the lamps in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, as part of Gaetano Moretti's renovations of 1927-8.