Profil

Profil

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Profil, 1961/62 28kt gold brooch and pendant 5.7 x 4.7 cm; 29 grams edition of 50 ref. 1493   The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in 1960 and brought to life an extraordinary collection of sculptural pieces which are based on Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 wearable art pieces, some in 23kt gold and others in 18kt gold, and often adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are based on human beings 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. 

Taureau

Dec
11

Jean Cocteau Taureau, 1961/62 28kt gold pendant 11.6 x 7 cm; 56 grams edition of 50 ref. 1491   The wearable art collaboration between François Hugo and Jean Cocteau began in 1960 and brought to life an extraordinary collection of sculptural pieces which are based on Cocteau’s prolific collection of drawings. Together, they went on to create a total of 13 wearable art pieces, some in 23kt gold and others in 18kt gold, and often adorned with precious stones. Many of Cocteau’s designs are based on human beings 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.  Profil Necklaces / Pendants, Brooches 8 Taureau Necklaces / Pendants, Featured 12

Jacqueline au Chevalet

Dec
11

Pablo Picasso Jacqueline au Chevalet, 1956 23kt gold medallion 42 cm; 2684 grams edition of 20 plus 2 Artist’s proof ref. 1428   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 almost impossible to miss the fact 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 meant 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 iconic twentieth century artists and goldsmiths. When Picasso finally permitted the distribution of his medallions, only few outside of Picasso’s inner circle knew […]

Butterfly Wings

Dec
10

  Ania Guillaume Butterfly wings, 2019 Titanium necklace 14 (D) cm circa Unique Ref. N16   Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

Butterfly Wings

Dec
10

Ania Guillaume Butterfly Wings, 2019 Titanium necklace 14 (D) x 26 (H) cm Unique Ref. N15     Butterfly Wings is an exemplary series of Guillaume’s examination of elements of the natural environment, translated into wearable art. In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an intricate dialogue between the wearer and nature. Known for their fragility, the delicate attributes of butterfly wings are juxtaposed in its materiality. Casted from delicate carvings into thin wax, the titanium wearable pieces of earrings and necklaces still play with our perception to materiality, as the incredibly lightweight jewellery pieces gleam in their chromatic spectrums. Feminine and beautiful, these reflections of elements of nature become an elegant statement piece to our everyday fashion.

Vane necklaces

Nov
07

John Moore Vane Collection, 2018 Alu discs, brass, silicone, silver and magnets thin necklace 140 x 1.5 cm Colour options: red & black, yellow & black or blue & green Edition of 20 per colour The Vane collection takes its name and inspiration from the soft part of a blue and yellow parrot feather that John had in his studio. As he turned it slowly in his fingers he noticed how the colours appeared to change. He was mesmerised. It was a simple, optical effect caused by the colouration and structure of the fibres, which he then celebrated with this collection.  

Pommes de Jong

Nov
07

Jacqueline de Jong Pommes de Jong, 2016 Shrunk potato, sprouts, 18kt yellow gold plated pendant 13.5 cm Unique Ref. P1   Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge amount of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Pommes de Jong were inspired by the idea of transforming a humble object into a precious one. In the realization of the wearable art, the potatoes and their sprouts are dried slowly by the artist over a period of two years and are submerged in a bath of platinum or gold becoming exclusive pieces of wearable art.

Ginkgo

Nov
07

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Gold plated silver necklace 18 (H) x 14.5 (W) x 4 (D) cm Unique and signed Ref. P1 Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions.  Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing.When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using  gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work. […]

Ginkgo

Nov
07

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Gold plated silver necklace 25 (H) x 15 (W) x 4 (D) cm Unique Ref. N14 Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions.  Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing.When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using  gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.  

Ginkgo

Nov
07

Ania Guillaume Ginkgo, 2018 Gold plated silver necklace 24.5 (H) x 14.5 (W) x 4 (D) cm Unique Ref. N13 Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions.  Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using  gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.