Arnaldo Pomodoro

Untitled Pendant/Brooch

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18,000 - 20,000 USD

Lot Details


Arnaldo Pomodoro

b. 1926

Untitled Pendant/Brooch

1962, unique, signed Arnaldo Pomodoro ‘62, this work is recorded in the Archivio Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, under no. G/62/20

18k red and white gold circular cuttlefish-bone cast pendant/brooch with abstract design on a white gold rectangular plaque

Diameter: 2⅛ in.; 5.4 cm.

Collection of Maurice d’Arquian, Brussels

Sotheby’s London: May 19, 1988 [Lot 424]

Artcurial: Contemporary Art 2, December 7, 2010 [Lot 139]

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Luisa Somaini and Claudio Cerritelli, Jewelry by Artists in Italy, 1945-1995, Electa, Italy, 1995, p. 128 for information on technique

Martine Newby Haspeslagh, The Sculptural Jewels of Arnaldo & Giò Pomodoro, Didier, London, 2013, ill. pp. 16

Paola Stroppiana, Scultura Aurea, Gioielli d’Artista per un nuovo Rinascimento, Gli Ori, Pistoia, 2019, p. 151

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

Urbino, Palazzo Ducale, Scultura Aurea, Gioielli d’Artista per un nuovo Rinascimento, 2019

Pomodoro’s eclectic sense of texture and contrast produced this abstracted cuttlefish-bone-cast brooch in 1962. He explained that the method, traditionally used by goldsmiths to obtain rough forms, allowed him to exploit the linearity of natural bone formation and infuse his own creativity with original markings and molten forms. This pendant came originally from the collection of renowned Belgian collector and gallerist Maurice d’Arquian and has been exhibited and published as a major example of Pomodoro’s most refined work.