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A story began in 1955

ARREDI SACRI BERTONCELLO, founded by Erminio Bertoncello,

a long-experience chiseller, is a leader company in the religious field and its name is a synonym of excellence and handmade quality. The first work experience of Erminio was in an artistic foundry in 1955: he worked with passion and learnt quickly all the techniques to melt bronze and brass. In the evening, after work, he attended a prestigious technical and artistic school and studied in deep mechanical technology to use machine tools. Some years later, he had the opportunity to meet the master of art “Perlotto”, famous for his chiselling works.

Erminio was passionate in this type of art manufacture

and in short time he was able to chase a lot of images, even the sacred one. In 1965 he decided to work full time aiming to realise and restore sacred furniture and metal religious articles, with the precious help of his wife, Angelina.

In 1985 Gabriele, Erminio's son completed his studies

and joined the company as a trainee, introducing innovation in the technological and artistic field. During the day, Gabriele made the most of what he had studied at school, but also learnt and improved chasing techniques handed down from father to son and impressed his creativity, using chisels and hammers, in metal

Thanks to his passion, Gabriele continued his studies and enrolled at course of “goldsmith engraver and setter”

at the “Arte e Mestieri” school in Vicenza. Here he improved his ornate and figurative drawing and learnt the technique of burin engraving and embedding, enamels for metal and gemmology. All these experiences are translated in the daily work, carrying new ideas and motivation to create original and exclusive products and enriching the selection. In 1989 in Vicenza, Fiera di Vicenza with the Diocese and Conferenza Episcopale founded an unprecedented exhibition event: “Koinè”. It is an important national and international fair dedicated to the religious art. Our company takes part to the exhibition since the first time and presents its innovative and high-design creations obtaining the esteem and trust of the most important architects, designers and representatives of the clergy.

The company is constantly evolving, the laboratory is expanded:

A lot of time is dedicated to the research and study of new ideas and innovative proposals in order to offer new products to an ever-increasing and demanding clientele. In 1989 in Vicenza was born, at the behest of the Vicenza Fair, the Diocese and the Episcopal Conference, an unprecedented trade fair event, "Koine'" dedicated to Sacred Art, which year after year will become more and more known and important nationally and internationally. The Bertoncello company participates from the first and for each edition with innovative pieces of high design, winning more and more the esteem and trust of architects, designers and representatives of the clergy every year.

The company invests in technology and innovation by purchasing modern and efficient CNC machines with CAD/CAM software

Specific for artistic and mechanical applications that support the "handmade" work, a historical and current characteristic of the company. The trademark is designed

The "Trademark" is filed with the "Patents and Trademarks" office

of the Ministry of Economic Development. Each item will be marked with the logo that identifies its origin, Made in Italy and Quality Guarantee

A project to renovate and expand the premises is launched

thus allowing new spaces to be available to increase production. The project will be completed with the installation of a photovoltaic system to produce clean energy from renewable sources.

Currently, the business is carried on with passion by his son Gabriele, assisted by the good advice of Erminio.

Qualified people collaborate in both the technological and artistic fields. Arredi Sacri Bertoncello, thanks to its experience and commitment, has created unique works of fine artistic value that for their quality and beauty furnish churches all over the world.