Vintage Graziella Laffi Peruvian Modernist Sterling Fish Motif Brooch Peru 2of2

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 24, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House

This is a Lovely Vintage Signed Graziella Laffi Peruvian Modernist Sterling Silver Fish Motif Brooch.

At the time of the original listing, this was one of a two Graziella Laffi listings being added along with another Peruvian piece. The work of reknowned Italian born designer Graziella Laffi is often compared to the pieces wonderful Mexican pieces created by William Spratling, and she is often referred to as "The Spratling of Peru". Biographical information on Ms. Laffi can be readily found online.

The figural fish brooch has maximum dimensions of 2" x 1 3/8". The photos are closeups; the size relative to a US dime is shown in one of the photos. The brooch weighs 11.0 grams and it has a nice heavy feel.

The workmanship is wonderful, including a second layer of applied silver comprising the tail and central fins. The piece is decorated with incised lines, peening to represent scales, and additional peening on the body. The eye is a bezel set with green enameling. The brooch has a locking clasp.

The marks are struck at the end of the large fin. The piece is marked "PERU G. LAFFI 925".

Condition

The brooch is in excellent condition and the clasp is in excellent working condition. As found there is some patina of age on the silver. I gave the piece a very, very light polishing, leaving
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