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Franco Cannilla

Gold Link Bracelet for Masenza-Roma

Lot Closed

October 6, 04:24 PM GMT


18,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot Details


Franco Cannilla

1911 - 1985

Gold Link Bracelet for Masenza-Roma

circa 1965, unique, signed Cannilla and stamped MASENZA-ROMA, partial Italian assay and registry marks

18k yellow gold, consisting of six free-form repoussé decorated links of raised lines and abstract shapes

1¼ by 9in.; 3.1 by 23 cm.

Private Collection, Europe

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Martine Newby Haspeslagh, Jewels of the Italian Modern Masters, Didier Ltd., London, 2015, p. 15

Cynthia Amnéus, Cameron Silver, and Adam MacPhàrlain, Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s, D. Giles, Lewes, UK, 2020, p. 95 for similar example

This Gold Link Bracelet for Masenza-Roma is a testament to Cannilla’s range in jewelry production, from the figurative to the biomorphic to the abstract. In this rare version of a link bracelet, comprised of textured, punched, and beaten precious metal, Cannilla seems to be inviting gold to reveal all its malleable possibilities. The bracelet also looks heavy, almost a burden, but the sculptor surprises us as he has created hollow links which actually make it a pleasure to wear, all the while maintaining its appearance of grandeur.