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Vintage Sculptural Silver Necklace by Graziella Laffi

$ 5,500
  • Description
    A bespoken sterling silver necklace with five roundel bell shape of gradual sizes linked by joint chains, designed and made by Graziella Laffi, Lima, Peru, circa 1965. The subtly hammered roundels evoke a sense of history with the form found in pre-Columbian culture, yet the necklace appears beyond ethnic, it exuberates a confident and bold modernism. The necklace with Peruvian Cultural Ministry label to verso.
    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 According to her unpublished autobiography, Graziella intended the collection to be on permanent display at an institution in Lima.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 measures 9.5" x 9.75" x 1: (24.1 x 24.8 x 2.5 cm) as shown. The circumference is 21.5" and it weights about 164 grams.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: Peru
    Period: 1950-1999
    Materials: sterling silver
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use. In overall very good condition with functioning clasp, scattered fine surface scratches as commensurate with age, use, and polishing.
    Creation Date: 1960s
    Metals: Silver
    Gender: Ladies'
    Styles / Movements: Artist Jewelry, Contemporary, Mid-Century
    Incollect Reference #: 510385
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