Stanislao Borghi (1898-1998), considered one of the most prestigious artists in the technique of silver chasing, opened his artisan workshop in Malnate, in the province of Varese in 1929.
As early as 1925, Borghi was regarded as an exceptional artist, so much that acclaimed silversmiths from Milan commissioned him to create an artwork for King Victor Emanuele III on the occasion of the International Trade Fair of the same year.
The young artist designed and created a large ornamental centrepiece with an embossed portrait of the King in the centre and depictions of heroic feats of the Great War all around him.
His definitive success was confirmed in 1926, when he was entrusted with making a copy of the highly celebrated silver shield crafted by Benvenuto Cellini, which is now held in the Royal Armoury of Turin.
In the same period the artist was also charged by the Italian Director of Archaeological Studies, Engineer Antonio Giussani, with replicating the acclaimed Gravedona Cross, a precious work dated 1508, which had been stolen and destroyed in 1920.