AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884 Livorno - 1920 Paris) - Girl with folded hands, pencil / card, signed, 1916 AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884 Livorno - 1920 Paris) - Girl with folded hands, pencil / card, signed, 1916

With a few well-placed lines, artist Amedeo Modigliani captured his quiet adoration of the women he was portraying. This piece was created in 1916, a year during the artist's career that he spent concentrating on painting nudes. The identity of the depicted is unclear, we can, however, exclude his last companion, fiancée and muse Jeanne Hébuterne, since Modigliani and the young art student did not get to know each other until the following year. The piece will be going under the gavel on May 25 at Wannenes, Milan.

On May 30, the auction house will be offering something a little different, a zoo of animal-inspired jewelry.

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Left: FRASCAROLO - gold brooch, enamel, diamonds and emeralds
Right: CARTIER - Panther platinum brooch, onyx, diamonds and emeralds

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Left: FRASCAROLO - gold ring, enamel, diamonds and rubies
Right: FRASCAROLO - gold, enamel, diamond and ruby bracelet

Jewelry featuring animal motifs was extremely popular in the 1960s. Gold and enamel jewelry, with various colored stones and diamonds, were created by master jewelers American David Webb and the Italian Pietro Frascarolo.

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Left: DAVID WEBB - Gold, enamel, diamonds and ruby bracelet
Right: D'AMBROSIO - gold, enamel, diamonds and rubies

Pietro Frascarolo was born in Milan in 1928 and, together with Aldo Lenti, founded a company at the end of the 1940s. Their greatest successes were the animal motifs that were created in the 1960s.

blog.php-1574 Elizabeth Taylor wearing her coral bracelet by David Webb

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Left: Gold armband, enamel, diamonds and rubies
Right: D'AMBROSIO - gold, enamel, diamonds and rubies

David Webb was also born in the 1920s and opened his jewelery business in 1948. Webb's designs were extremely popular and were worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy.

Check out Wannenes' full catalog here.

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