Hoedus II , a pendant by the Italian
artist, Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo
) is acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Newark Museum in New York.
The masterpiece is a golden pendant
in the shape of an eight arm cross with double ring for suspension. The perpendicular arms present a decoration in plain wire and small golden globes and enclose at their upper end a flower in red cloisonné enamel; the transversal arms present a decoration realised in granulation with triangles and rosettes. The central sheet gold, bordered with a fine cord, exhibits an inner decoration realised using filigree and granulation.
"Collecting jewellery is very important to me as a curator of decorative arts, because I am interested in continuing to develop connections between the art of the jeweler and those of the silversmith, cabinetmaker, glassblower and potter. Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) is a modern master, breathing new life into age old techniques. His unmatched skills as a goldsmith echo the brilliant work done by his forebears in Italy in the 19th century, yet he brings a modern eye to his artistry that places it firmly in the present day", said Ulysses Grant Dietz - Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts of the Newark Museum.