Naef Orfaley, Letter Opener, Silver, Gemstones, Shell and Agate, circa 1980s For Sale
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Naef Orfaley, Letter Opener, Silver, Gemstones, Shell and Agate, circa 1980s

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This remarkable letter opener is designed and created by the world-famous artist/designer, Naef Orfaley out of parcel-gilt silver mesh, cabochon gemstones, shell and agate. Signed on the back of the handle: ‘Orfaley’ Dimensions: 9-1/5 “ long x 2-1/4” wide x Naef Orfaley (born 1928) is an internationally known Filipino artist. Still active in designing and producing beautiful jewelry and objet de virtue, his creations often times offered by such leading auction houses, as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, including his famous little sculptures made of ostrich eggshells, silver, gold and semi-precious stones. Although Orfaley family moved to Argentina when Naef was very young, and he later moved to New York City, Naef Orfaley still shows his love of his natal country in his inventive and whimsical animal figures inspired by those tropical shells . The waters surrounding the Philippine Islands are the source of many of the beautiful shells found in collections and incorporated into decorative items, including ones for personal adornment.       

Details

  • Creator
    Naef Orfaley (Artist)
  • Of the Period
    Romantic
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1980s
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
    Silver,Agate,Shell
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine the photos attentively. Send us a message to request more details or discuss price.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 9.2 in. x W 2.25 in. x D 1.63 in.H 23.37 cm x W 5.72 cm x D 4.15 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2819314100761
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