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Sterling Silver Necklace with Large Pendant Graziella Laffi

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin Peru
Period 1950-1999
Materials sterling silver
Condition Good. Fine condition with no losses or repairs observed. Stickers on the back of the pendant as shown.
Creation Date 1960s
Description A stunning choker style necklace in sterling silver by Graziella Laffi (1926-2009) Lima, Peru, circa 1960s. The bold necklace showcases an oversized plate pendent in a bird-like form reminiscent of those found in pre-Columbian cultures such as Chavin and Moche. The surface is decorated with five chased co-centric circular motifs with a slightly hammered texture. The chain was made in alternate ball and tube with a smart clap joint mechanism. Some collection stickers remain on the back. The width is 9.25" and the length is about 10.25".
Graziella Laffi was born in 1923 in Florence, Italy to Gino Laffi, a silversmith and artist. Following her family tradition, Graziella enrolled in master classes after elementary school, focusing on design and painting. She next attended Escuela de Bellas Artes de Puerta Romana for three years, where Gino taught, and then to the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, where she concentrated in architecture until the start of World War II. In 1947, Graziella, then twenty-four, immigrated with her parents to Peru. Gino later created a silversmith studio and showroom called Fabrica Laffi on Avenue Mexico, where Graziella initially learned her craft. The pre-Columbian culture in her adopted country inspired Graziella to travel and collect, which ultimately influence her design in the silver pieces. Graziella learned the metalworking techniques of the ancient Peruvian civilizations and rejected the current technology. She mostly used hammering, rolling and creating joints as the ancients do. As an ambassador of Peruvian culture, her work promoted the indigenous Peruvian art and rekindled the interest in its ancient heritage throughout South America, the United States and Europe. She exhibited her growing collection of Peruvian artifacts alongside silver work in Washington, D.C. and New York, including the American department store May Co. and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In 1989, she held an exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi and also displayed her work at the Milan and Florence Biennale. Graziella exhibited her work extensively, yet it was not for sale. According to her unpublished autobiography, Graziella intended the collection to be on permanent display at an institution in Lima. That plan did not come to fruition. In 2002 Graziella presented a necklace to Queen Sofía of Spain, and most recently, since Graziella's death in 2009, twelve works entered the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Provenance: Property from the Family of Graziella Laffi. The necklace is about 10-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches (25.7 x 23.5 cm) and weights 4.37 troy ounces
Metals Silver
Gender Ladies'
Styles / Movements Artist Jewelry, Mid-Century, Other
Incollect Reference Number 468792
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