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Getulio ALVIANI (born 1939)

Monorecchio, 1968

Unique single earring, made from a large flat aluminium disc milled with a mille luce burr or optical finish, and a central ear-shaped cut out, which fits over the ear. Designed by Alviani for German Marucelli, and made by Casa Fumanti, Rome.

Original fitted circular hinged black Lucite covered box and draw-string canvas bag.

Marks: The underside of the Lucite box with scratched dated signature: G. Alviani 68

Dimensions: D. earrings 19.2 cm; D. box 23 cm

Literature: Martine Newby Haspeslagh, Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors @ 50: 1967-2017, Didier Ltd, London 2017, pp. 20-1, no. 3

At 19.2 cm across, this single earring is 6.2 cm wider in diameter than the famous slightly concave example from 1967 still in the possession of the artist, which was recently included in the 2016 exhibition, Across Art and Fashion, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence (p. 212 in accompanying catalogue edited by S. Ricci, but erroneously dated to 1965). An annotated Indian ink drawing and photograph of this aluminium prototype in the archives of Danilo Fumanti shows that a gold-plated aluminium version was also considered (L. Somaini and C. Cerritelli, Jewelry by Artists in Italy, 1945-1995, Milan 1995, p. 177).

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