Since ancient times, the coral has powerfully influenced
sea, especially Torre del Greco, where the Museum
of Coral - Liverino's Collection stands today.
For over five generations, the Liverino family has inspired passion and experience in the production and processing of coral. The strong bond that has always linked them to the red gold has transcended the purely business interest to give life to a unique collection, which began in 1934 with a 16- years-old- Basilio Liverino. A collection of more than 1.000 items of sculptures and jewellery made of coral and semiprecious stones, hosted today in the family museum, comes from Basilio’s passion for the coral and his discoveries made during his travels in Asia.
The Coral Museum - Liverino's Collection, dug into the bowels of Vesuvius, opens before the eyes of its visitors like a treasure chest where the red berries of an underwater garden are concealed. Here uncomparable works are kept , forged in a material that is a symbol of life and death, an amulet, pure magic.
The collection is composed by artistic creations from all over the world, from East to West, dating back to the sixteenth century, artisans’ masterpieces.
Before entering in the magic coral caveau, the visitors access a modern and fully equipped Video-Room, where they can watch an introductory video. Then, guests will be let in the museum, which is dug six meters underground and kept at a constant temperature of 19 degrees to preserve the wonders it contains. In this treasure chest, hidden under the Vesuvius, Indian, Nepalese, Chinese and Japanese antiquities are placed, as well as numerous sacred ornaments made in Italy between the sixteenth and twentieth century. The oldest piece of the collection, dating back the fifteenth century, is a small oriental sculpture of an bearded old man and a child who caresses it. beside this very delicate work, there are others that give prestige to the museum, such as the large shell that reproduces the history of the British Empire. It dates back to the nineteenth century and it is the largest cameo of the world: its realization lasted ten years.
The guests can also admire a breathtaking nineteenth century masterpiece, created for the beautiful Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese: a wonderful set of jewelry, made with the "leaves and fruits" technique, in Mediterranean Coral and gold, where the natural elements are reproduced on a very small scale. The museum also houses a contemporary section, where there are a series of sculptures born from the collaboration between Romolo Grassi, a Milanese goldsmith, and Carlo Parlati, the famous engraver from Torre del Greco. They are experimental and conceptual works, which combine creative originality with a very high technical mastery.
Endless flowers of pure beauty blooms in the bright showcases of The Museum of Coral – Liverino's Collection awaiting to be admired by amateurs in a truly unforgettable experience.