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History 1

At the end of the nineteenth century and beginnings of the twentieth there was a resurgence of ironwork in Catalunya thanks to Modernism. It is in this context when the history of Serralleria March’s studio begins.

This company started with Antoni March Volart in 1904.

ANTONI MARCH i VOLART

Antoni March I Volart was born in 1884. When he was only eleven years old he started as an apprentice at Mr Esteban Casellas’ studio and, at the age of fourteen, he moved to Barcelona to learn the trade of ironwork at Ballarín Studio. This studio used to be one of the most important and representative of the time and consisted of a few partners among which was the architect Puig i Cadafalch, an outstanding figure of Catalan Modernism. Antoni March started working in the artistic department and he would keep the job until he was twenty years old.

In that time, he met and became friends with another architect called Lluís Bonet i Garí, who was the last pupil of Gaudí and one of the persons in charge of Sagrada Família Cathedral’s project.


Antoni March i Volart

 

Reforma sala de plens de
l'Ajuntament de Mataró,

Aplics de paret de Dracs forjats.

In 1904 Antoni bought Mr Esteban Casellas studio and this is
how the first Serralleria March Studio started and has
continued till nowadays throughout four generations

 

Alberg Torre Ca l'Ametller,
Cabrera de Mar. Arquitecte Bonet.

Balcó d'estil modernista,
Arenys de mar.

 

Joaquim March i Banqué


Fotografia presa al pati del taller:
Antonio March, Joaquim March i la germana petita.

JOAQUIM MARCH i BANQUÉ

Antoni March’s second son, Joaquim March i Banqué, was born in 1913 and, when he was only thirteen years old, he started to learn the trade with the help of his father’s friend Lluís Bonet i Garí.

At the age of seventeen he possessed some amazing technical and artistic abilities, as he was
able to design a wrought iron clock and only a year later he designed and made the dragon which lies on Serralleria March’s façade.

Cap de Drac Escultòric, faÇana del taller.
Realitzat en hores lliures

In that time the company expanded abroad and several people from France, Germany and the
United States became interested in asking March family to carry out some projects.

 

In 1968, when Antoni March died, Joaquim took charge of the company and
became the owner of the studio.

Nearly in 1986 Joaquim was awarded the Ironwork Master Charter
by the Catalunya ironworkers and blacksmith’s guild.

Reixa i cancell, reforma del Museu de Mataró,
Plaça del Ajuntament.

 

THE TRADITION CONTINUES