« LA COUPE DES MOUSQUETAIRES »
Since 1981 Mellerio designs and creates trophies for prestigious sporting events such as the famous “Coupe de Mousquetaires” for the prestigious French tennis tournament ‘Roland Garros’.
The silversmiths are able to transform a simple sheet of silver into a work of art:
- The silversmith cuts and chases the sheet of silver in order to obtain the design and silhouette of the trophy with an exotic wood mandrel.
- The forger makes the handles in the shape of swans and the frieze in vine leaves by pouring a fusion of metal into the moulds.
- The chiseller outlines and refines the motives.
- After checking each element of the trophy the silversmith assembles them.
- The Polisher only intervenes during the last stage to polish the trophy and give it a brilliant shine.
- Finally the Engraver immortalizes the tournament by engraving the name of the winner and year on the base of the Trophy.
This trophy of around fourteen kilos requires over a hundred hours of work.
« LE BALLON D’OR »
Since 1956, Mellerio has discreetly been creating in its workshops one of the most exclusive prizes of the world of sport: the FIFA Ballon d’Or Trophy.
Its manufacturing process has not changed since its original creation: it takes nearly a hundred hours of work and the manufacturing starts six months prior to the delivery. After having soldered the two demi-spheres of brass, the silversmith leaves an opening, which will enable the ball to be fixed to the pyrite base. It then moves on into the hands of the chiseller, who fills it with cement so that he can mould the metal according to the trail previously made. He then brings out the stitching of the ball. This stage requires an enormous amount of skill and precision to reproduce the thirty-two identical panels, which constitute the football. It takes at least 15 hours of work. The polisher takes over before giving it to the engraver who inscribes the “Fifa Ballon d’Or” logo and year. Finally it is dipped into a bath of gold and given back to the silversmith to be fixed on to the pyrite base.
Once the piece is finished with a weight of approximately ten kilos, it is delivered along with three nameplates with the names of the finalists. During the award only the winner’s plate will be fixed on the base of the trophy and given directly to the player at the Fifa Head Office in Zurich.