Pietro Consagra
Spilla, 1998
18kt yellow gold, white and cognac diamonds brooch
Unique and signed

In 1952 Pietro Consagra (Trapani, 1920) chose a frontal approach, eliminating volume and three-dimensional effects from his sculpture and opting for a single point of view designed to create a more direct, immediate dialogue with the spectator.

Regarding his activity in the field of jewellery, apart from a piece created personally by him in 1947-48 for a friend, which was more a manifesto in favor of abstract sculpture then a real ornament, Consagra has collaborated with the three most important producers of art jewellery: Masenza, the Fumanti brothers and GianCarlo Montebello. The frontal dimension of his artistic experimentation is also reflected in the jewels created by his design, adapted mainly to be transformed into brooches or pendants, distinguished by the play of intarsia and engraving on foil, or by the superimposition of elements treated in different manners: the contrast between the glossy and the opaque, colour and monochrome and pavé of diamonds.

Consagra’s Spilla brooch is a scaled down reminiscence of his sculptures in the form of low-reliefs, with abstract shapes which often are suggestive of the encounters of several figures. The similarity of his sculptures can be traced to the material choice of usually metal, the primary contrast being that the wearable jewels are made in precious metal – 18kt yellow gold. Furthermore, the white and cognac diamonds are used to create greater contrast and shading, accenting the various joined reliefs.

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