Arnaldo Pomodoro

'Untitled' Sterling Pendant Necklace

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10,000 - 15,000 USD

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Arnaldo Pomodoro

b. 1926

'Untitled' Sterling Pendant Necklace

1975, signed and dated Arnaldo Pomodoro 75 (on the vertical bar in the center of the pendant), edition 6/50, maker's mark GM AP 5 on top, stamped 925

sterling silver pendant decorated on both sides with textured surfaces in high relief formed from cuttlefish-bone lost-wax

castings, with a long silver bar chain; from edition of 50 by GEM Montebello and artist’s proofs; recorded in the Archivio Arnaldo

Pomodoro, Milan, under no. M/75/4

Pendant: 2¼ by 2⅝ in.; 5.7 by 6.7 cm.

Chain: 19¾ in.; 50 cm.

Private Collection, United States

Sotheby’s, Contemporary Art: New York, Monday, February 26, 2007, Sotheby’s, New York, 2007, n. 156, ill. p. 168

Diana Küppers, Künstlerschmuck = objets d’art, Hirmer, Munich, 2009, p. 128

Paola Stroppiana, Scultura Aurea, Gioielli d’Artista per un nuovo Rinascimento, Gli Ori, Pistoia, 2019, p. 149

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

Cologne, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Von Picasso bis Warhol, Künstlerschmuck der Avantgarde, 2009

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

Arnaldo Pomodoro’s 1975 ‘Untitled’ Sterling Pendant Necklace, an example of which is in the public collection of the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione dell’Università di Parma, is an intriguing geometric version of the Pomodoro’s cuttlefish-bone jewelry made with GEM Montebello. The lost-wax casting process allowed the artist to arrange the bones into lines, concretizing natural forms (animal bones) into something that looks rather similar to a computer’s motherboard, a wholly man-made and extremely modern object. The satisfying weight of the silver medallion is contrasted with the fine detail atop its surface, which feels to the fingers exactly like the bones of an ancient animal and weds old and new in his signature style of abstraction.