Two Unicorns Facing Opposite Directions

Two Unicorns Facing Opposite Directions

Mar
18

  Ute Decker Two Unicorns Facing Opposite Directions, 2018 Fairtrade gold ring limited edition 6 signed   A whimsical story of two mythical creatures, this ring demonstrates Decker’s attention to the curls and shape, the spiral pattern reminiscent of unicorn horns. Depicted through a single strand of gold, this ring plays with the dynamism of wearable sculptures as the ring can be worn facing any direction.

Sweets

Feb
25

Paolo Canevari Sweets (Snake), 2019 Silver Ring 4.5 x 3 cm One of 10 designs from a series of 100   The instincts from our childhood to play and fiddle with the wrapper after the candy is gone, evokes the thought process as Canevari engages in this project, Sweets.  Often, the artists engages with the limitations of the malleable aluminium wrapper in such playful whims which subverts our ability to recognise objects. From the suggestion of a cushion-cut ring design, to the reptile shapes of snakes and lizards, the limitations of candy wrapping thrusts Canevari’s mythos of happiness into creating this nostalgic dialogue between the piece and the wearer, reminiscent of our childhood imaginations. Each wearable piece reflects Canevari’s examination of recognisable images and permanence. Pieces from Sweets are cast in silver, and yet, the unique textures of the aluminium foil plays with our perception of materiality as we find what is believed to be fragile, is actually everlasting.

Crystalline

Jan
21

Giorgio Vigna Crystalline, 2019 18kt yellow gold and yellow sapphires ring 3.63 x 3.11 x 1.7 cm Edition of 10 + 3AP Signed and numbered

Fragments

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani Fragments, 2015 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patin, bracelet 10 cm diameter, H 2 cm unique and signed   Gigi Mariani works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, he conceals the preciousness of the noble metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. The  aesthetic appeal towards Mariani’s unique creations are due to the fact that these sculptural and often cuboid pieces have been crafted by a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist. 

In Balance

Jan
21

Gigi Mariani In balance, 2016 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, ring 3.8 x 2.5 x 2 cm unique and signed   In balance is a rather remarkable wearable piece by Gigi Mariani, who fundamentally works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur, he conceals the preciousness of the silver metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age, creating such a distinctive texture around the ring as is wraps around the finger. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms, interrupting the illusion of such expressive materiality with a solid golden sphere encased within the blackened silver. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewelry include iron, copper and brass. With his meditative understanding of techniques and materiality,  his creations’ unique aesthetic appeal often stem from these sculptural and often cuboid pieces to have been crafted by Mariani as a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist. 

Taureau

Dec
11

  Jean Cocteau Taureau, 1961/62 circa 23kt gold pendant 56 grams circa; 11.6 x 7cm Edition of 50 Ref. 1491 Atelier Hugo Editions The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in the 1960 and led to a collection of sculptural pieces that were born out of Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 jewellery pieces, some in 23 carat gold and others in 18 carat gold and adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are of human profiles and mystique creatures, inspired by ancient civilisations and astrological symbols. In 1961 the pieces were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery in London.  Combining the sobriety of a 23 carat gold with other more linear pieces in 18 carat gold encrusted with precious stones, the pieces encompass Cocteau and Hugo’s artistic vision.   Taureau Necklaces / Pendants, Featured 6 Profil Necklaces / Pendants, Brooches, Featured 6

Profil

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Profil, 1961/62 circa 28kt gold brooch/pendant 29 grams circa; 5.7 x 4.7 cm Edition of 50 Ref. 1493 Atelier Hugo Editions The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in the 1960 and led to a collection of sculptural pieces that were born out of Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 jewellery pieces, some in 23 carat gold and others in 18 carat gold and adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are of human profiles and mystique creatures, inspired by ancient civilisations and astrological symbols. In 1961 the pieces were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery in London.  Combining the sobriety of a 23 carat gold with other more linear pieces in 18 carat gold encrusted with precious stones, the pieces encompass Cocteau and Hugo’s artistic vision.  

Jacqueline au Chevalet

Dec
11

  Pablo Picasso Jacqueline au Chevalet, 1956 23kt gold medallion 42 (D) cm; 2684 grs circa Edition of 20 +2 Artist samples and 2 author samples Ref. 1428 Atelier Hugo Edition   It was in 1956 when Pablo Picasso found that his ideas and designs could be perfectly translated into the medium of precious metals with the assistance of the incredibly skilled goldsmith François Hugo. Famous for his cubism, deconstruction of form, and his widely commercialised ceramic works, the conception of his medallions drew clear inspiration and direction in his designs. It is hard not to miss that the medallion  Jacqueline au Chevalet was drawn from the ceramic plate of its namesake, also created in 1956. Hammering the precious metals into specially cast moulds taken from the artist’s models, Hugo’s incredibly meticulous craft mirrored Picasso’s perfectionism when it came to the execution of the medallion. Given that these designs were initially never intended to be commercialised, but as Picasso’s private treasures, Jacqueline au Chevalet is an excellent early example of the incredible designs in the years to follow, as well as a symbol of the collaboration between these most iconic of twentieth century artists and goldsmiths. When Picasso finally permitted for the distribution of his […]

Floralia

Nov
07

  Giorgio Vigna Floralia, 2019 18kt yellow gold earrings with pearls 10.5 cm long Edition of 10 + 3AP Signed and numbered  

1 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2.014

Oct
31

David Rodríguez Caballero 1 de Noviembre de 2.014, 2014 18kt rose gold ring 75.40 grams; 43.6 x 45 x 19.8 mm Unique and signed David Rodriguez Caballero is renowned for his geometrically reduced forms, which have been translated into a new formal vocabulary linked to Minimalism.  The themes explored by his wearable art, like his sculptures, recall a Constructivism that has been subject to a sense of lyricism and softness that originates from painting.  Geometric abstraction is one of the important paths of modern painting and sculpture—it is also important to contemporary music with its streaked structures and colourful overtones. In his wearable art, David Rodriguez Caballero brings his aesthetic obsessions to the third dimension, exploring  materials, and the relationship between meaning and object, support and form, dream and paranoia. Caballero manipulates light through his bending and folding of material.