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Arnaldo Pomodoro

'Spille' (Play) Brooch

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October 6, 04:42 PM GMT


4,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot Details


Arnaldo Pomodoro

b. 1926

'Spille' (Play) Brooch

1960, unique, signed and dated Arnaldo Pomodoro ‘60, G341 from the Archivio Arnaldo Pomodoro

18k white and yellow gold sculptural brooch, sold together with (Book) Sculptures By Arnaldo Pomodoro by Pomodoro,

Arnaldo; Mulas, Ugo.

1¾ by 1½ in.; 4.3 by 3.9 cm.

Private Collection, United States

Sele Arte, n. 48, VIII, October-December 1960, ill. p. 54, n. 227

Ralph Turner, Contemporary Jewelry: A Critical Assessment 1945-75, Cassell & Collier Macmillan, London, 1976, illustrated p. 34

Arnaldo Pomodoro Catalogue Raisonnè online, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano (

Spille' (Play) Brooch is an early sculptural brooch by Italian artist

Arnaldo Pomodoro. The hand-crafted pin with smooth finished

white gold ‘beam’ supporting playful yellow and white gold

rods is stationary but evokes kinetic energy. Pomodoro said:

‘The sculpture must be projected into space to remove, as

far as possible, the weight from the material and the work’s

fixed base. I have always tried to express movement as an

intensification of a condition of imbalance to create a striking

contrast to any stasis or any reached or predictable order.’ (Ada

Masoero, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Skira editore, Milan, 2017, p. 199)