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    LITERATURE Martine Newby Haspeslagh, Sculpture to Wear, London, [2010], page 18.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lorenzo Guerrini first studied at the Umanitaria School of Art in Milan from 1926 to 1930, where he started to work with goldsmiths. On moving to Rome he became a pupil to the sculptor Alberto Gerardi until 1938 when he travelled widely throughout Eastern Europe, studying in Berlin for three years. After his return to Italy he held his first one-man exhibition of carved metal reliefs in 1947 in the Galleria Barbaroux, Milan, and then in the Galleria dell'Obelisco, Rome.

    In 1946 Guerrini became the second artist to accept Mario Masenza's invitation to collaborate in the creation of gold jewels. He continued to work with Masenza until 1952 while producing at the same time abstract medals that he included in the IX edition of the Milan Triennale in 1951. Later in 1969 he also took part in the
    Prima mostra del goiello d'arte firmato in Turin organised by the goldsmith Diderico Gherardi who had himself previously worked with Masenza.

    This 18 carat gold collar was produced in Masenza's workshop. The collar, embossed with a floral design is further embellished with cabochon sapphires and circular-cut rubies and diamonds. It is hinged at the back so that the opening is wide enough for it to wear. After leaving Masenza, Guerrini started to sculpt in stone, preferring to cut the stone directly from the rock face in quarries to create the more Brutalist sculptures he is now more famous for.


A unique diamond gemset torque collar, Masenza, Lorenzo Guerrini

c. 1950
The torque set to the front with cabochon sapphires, to repoussé floral motifs set with
circular-cut diamond, ruby and sapphire highlights, hinge to the rear, signed ‘Masenza
– Roma’ and ‘Lorenzo Guerrini’, inner diameter 11 cm, c. 1950.

£28,000 - 30,000 


7 June 2011