Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait)
18K yellow gold, satin finish 15 x 3.2 cm and 7.8 x 3.5 cm
edition 5 of 20
cast and hand finish signed and numbered
The collection of Miquel Barceló came to life in 2007 through a dialogue between the artist and Chus Burés. These pieces are linked to the artist’s iconography and in tune with his serpentine aesthetic of that time.
Before the collaboration started, Barceló finished the altarpiece for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Palma Cathedral, Majorca; a magical world that drew life from the sea and plants. Out of it arose Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait) and a series of jewels that entitled Boucles de Mer (sea curls) made in 18 kt gold and oxidised silver. Barceló made an enormous pile of test pieces out of variety of easily worked material – aluminium foil, cardboard and pieces of wax he shaped with his hand, leaving fingerprints that are reproduced in some of the jewels.