Rare Peruvian Jewelry from GRAZIELLA LAFFI Collection for Sale
by Penelope Knight
These great pieces are just a few from a great collection by Penelope Knight, my (Davy Schneider of Inside-Peru) sister. She has many pieces still for sale at:
Scroll way down to where you see the name of Peru artist GRAZIELLA LAFFI.
The following pieces by Peruvian jeweler Graziella Laffi are mostly from one collection. This jewelry is a unique combination of modern and pre-Columbian design. Some of the pieces appear to be have been made early in Laffi's career--they have the soft patina of age and carry the indelible marks of hand craftsmanship.
On page 363, in the 1997 book The Silver and Silversmiths of Peru – Patronato Plata Del Peru, Edited by Jose Torres De La Pina & Victoria Mujiea is the following information regarding Graziella Laffi:
"Throughout the 1950’s, there was a succession of landmark debates promoting modern art over institutionalized ‘indigenista’ styles. The process led to the rise of abstract expressions in Peruvian art. Emblematic of "cosmopolitarinism" to begin with, the new outlook was the final ingredient that brought about a full-scale revival of pre-Hispanic aesthetics and led to the “abstract
ancestralism" practiced by several leading painters. ….The work of Florentine-born Graziella Laffi constitutes a parallel development in the field of precious metal designs. Like other artists, Laffi’s work is an evocation of ancient Peru harmoniously combined with the unequivocally modern. With pre-Inca goldwork as her point of departure, her objects progressively divest their form in such a way that allows the materials themselves to become the protagonists…."
STERLING LAFFI MONKEY PIN WITH ENAMEL
Sterling monkey pin (design certainly has pre-Columbian roots) with enamel by Graziella Laffi; approximately 2-2/8" x 1-3/8"; safety catch; marked: "G. LAFFI, PERU;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.
$160.00 (item #PR030) LAFFI STERLING FISH PIN
Sterling hand-made fish pin by Graziella Laffi; great three dimensional quality, approximately 2-1/2" x 1/2"; marked "PERU, G. LAFFI, 925;" great patina, fine condition.
STERLING PERUVIAN EAGLE PIN WITH ENAMEL BY GRAZIELLA LAFFI
Large sterling Peruvian eagle pin by Laffi with deep blue enamel eye and oxidation on breast; great 3-dimensional quality; a full 3-1/4" across x 2" high; marked: "PERU, G LAFFI, 925;" fine condition.
$375.00 (item #PR013)