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Masenza Roma

Masenza-Roma Choker designed by Afro Basaldella

Lot Closed

October 6, 04:25 PM GMT


8,000 - 10,000 USD

Lot Details



Masenza-Roma Collar designed by Afro Basaldella

circa 1960s, signed Afro, inscribed on the inside Masenza-Roma, stamped with makers mark and 750

unique 18k yellow gold collar of a ‘calligraphic’ design, accented with round faceted white diamonds, double hinged closure

Internal Circumference: 14⅓ in.; 36.3 cm.

Band at Widest: ½ in.; 1.2 cm.

Private Collection, Untied States

Graham Hughes, International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890-1961, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, 1961, no. 74 for similar work

Rosemary Ramsey Stewart and Casa Italiana Zerilli- Marimò, Afro, De Luca Editori d’Arte, Rome, 2015, p. 34 for a similar version

This Afro for Masenza-Roma Collar was designed by Afro Basaldella and executed by the house of Mario Masenza. Masenza, born into a family of jewelers who had supplied the Italian Royal family since 1924, thought post-war art in Italy was exciting. As an art collector himself, Masenza recruited his favorite artists to design jewelry. Because all the jewelry was made in the workshop of Masenza, it developed a certain recognizable look and the bright yellow-gold color and hand of his craftsmen became a style unto itself.