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Giò Pomodoro (Italian, 1930-2002) Alfa-Romeo trophy, 1966

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Giò Pomodoro (Italian, 1930-2002) for Alfa-Romeo

An extremely heavy cast aluminum motor racing trophy commissioned from Italian sculptor Giò Pomodoro by Alfa-Romeo for presentation to the French racing driver Christian Pellae in 1966. The trophy, of heavy cast, ‘Alfa-Romeo’ red aluminium is in disk form, with a projecting stand to the rear with artist monogram ‘GP’ engraved to the ferrule at the tip, and is mounted with an engraved Alfa-Romeo Quatrifoglio to the front. The trophy has its original wooden Bertoni of Milan box with engraved plaque and paperwork, including a typed letter dated 19th July 1967, from H. Fougerouse, director of Société Française Alfa-Romeo commending Pellae’s ‘excellent results’ in competition events for the 1966 season.

Diameter of trophy: 8½ inches (22 cm)

Giò Pomodoro (brother to Arnaldo Pomodoro (b.1926) was an Italian abstract sculptor, printmaker and stage designer most known for creating assemblages of mixed materials and reliefs in clay, and cast metal. Working with some of the leading avant-garde artists of the 1950s, later in his career he focused mostly on public commissions and outdoor structures.

Giò Pomodoro was an important Italian abstract sculptor and a large number of his works are held in major national art collections.

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