Lot 23
  • 23


6,000 - 8,000 USD
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The hammered openwork gold forming an organic design, studded with round and old European-cut diamonds, gross weight approximately 56 dwts, inner circumference 6½ inches, signed Cannilla Masenza Roma, with Italian assay and registry marks; circa 1950s.


In good condition, the mounting with wear largely masked by the textured gold, and discoloration predominantly to the inside and not noticeable when worn. Mounting stamped 750 for 18 karat gold. The diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of approximately 3.60 carats, are approximately H-J color, SI clarity. Clasp closes securely but is slightly stiff and requires some effort to open. Width approximately 1½ inches at widest point.
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Catalogue Note

Mario Masenza (1913-1985) was heir to the jewelers who supplied the Italian Royal Family. In Rome, trading under the family name Masenza, their jewelry shop was founded in 1924. In the 1940s Mario Masenza established the 'School of Rome.' This group of artists including Cannilla, Guerrini, Afro and Mirko Basaldella, adopted an experimental and creative approach to fashioning jewelry, fusing ancient metalwork techniques with contemporary aesthetics.