Ermenegildo Zegna Extrafine Wool Trophy

Data: 1980

Having originally set up a Perpetual Trophy to encourage sheep farmers in Tasmania to maintain and improve the characteristics and special qualities of their flocks, Zegna then decided to extend the competition to the whole of Australia to give greater resonance to the event and involve more growers of Merino wool. This choice led to the Extrafine Wool Trophy, designed by artist Graham Sutherland in 1980. It's an enamel plate, 30 cm in diameter, with a clear and acid colored depiction of a ram's head. The original work is now in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The winners received a lithographic reproduction of the work, a copy of which is kept in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The Trophy was later renamed the Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Trophy

  • Wool Trophy by Sutherland mounted on cloth

  • Wool Trophy by Sutherland mounted on marble