Faust Cardinali Botellum, 2009-2022 Pure silver 999, 925 silver, ruthenium, magnetic necklace 18 x 16.5 x 3 cm Edition 14 of 30 Numbered and signed In 2009, Faust designed Botellum necklace, inspired by the renowned Mazzocchio hats. Mazzocchio are said to derive from supports for headgear worn in Renaissance Italy during the 15th century. They also have been featured as a demonstration of the technical prowess of the artist to show off their ability to render perspective convincingly. Painted by Paolo Uccello, drawn by Leonardo da Vinci and incorporated into intarsia and prints through the 16th century. The early Italian Renaissance polymath Piero della Francesca discussed and illustrated the construction of the mazzocchio in his treatise on perspective De Prospectiva Pingendi. From the study of the “mazzocchio” and its complexity, Cardinali’s idea was born of conceiving a “non-geometric” necklace that reinterprets the mathematical scheme to transform it into an organic shape, a sort of snake, drawn on the internal curves of the human body, which represented in summary and in an ornamental way this historical period of psychological contraction and at the same time of poetic liberation. He focuses on the themes of liquidity, of the fluidity of matter, of the […]
Giampaolo Babetto Collana , 2010 (1994) 18kt yellow gold and pigment necklace Unique and signed Giampaolo Babetto’s work reflects contemporary art movements such as concrete art, minimal art, kinetic or pop art in a unique, purist and plastic manner. His pieces are immediately recognisable by its simple design. He is inspired by the architecture of his homeland, by Palladio’s villas, and by the geometries in which he finds poetry. His jewellery is innovative in concept. Made up of different abstract elements, broken down into modular units, or rendered moveable through the use of ingenious links, Babetto’s works are like small architectural pieces or small sculptures. Babetto prefers working in gold due to its stable malleability and its warm sheen which he combines with unconventional materials such as plastic or glass, ebony, dusting the internal surface with a velvet-like pigment in luminous primary colours of reds or blues or using enamel and age-old niello-based techniques. These materials are used as highlights and contrasts in works of increasingly pure and essential geometrical forms that have come to characterise the Padua School.
Sophia Vari Clytemnestre, 2013 Ebony, yellow gold and silver patinated necklace 24 x 19 cm Unique and signed Sophia Vari’s “portable sculptures”, as she likes to call them, first became part of the artist’s body of work 30 years ago; at a time in her life when demanding international schedule kept her constantly on the move. While travelling, she carried with her a small box of plasticine, from which she would mould miniature sculptures. “From that day on, I had a new creative challenge that gave me a lot of joy because I could see the pieces being worn,” she recalls. Vari approaches wearable art in precisely the same manner and strength as her abstract sculptures, collages and paintings. Her thorough exploration of bold geometric forms, the examination of volume, painterly curves and lines result in the composition both peaceful and elegant but also captures a harmonious theatrical tension. “It is a real challenge for me, and it is very much like creating a sculpture, made to be worn. No doubt, the fact that I am a woman has its advantages. Firstly, because I can try it on me – and secondly the fact that I have greater sensitivity compared […]
Joy BC Frangere (Demeter) , 2022 18kt recycled yellow gold with champagne, honey and white diamonds pendant & handmade chain 4 cm length pendant; 40 cm length chain (adjustable) Edition of 7 plus 1AP Unique within the series Signed and numbere Demeter (Ceres), the green goddess of plants and fruits, agriculture and fertility. ‘Rich-haired Demeter…lady of the golden sword and glorious fruits (Homeric hymn to Demeter). Demeter is a very old goddess, who’s name means ‘earth-mother’. “My ‘Ruin-Lust’ works explore the allure and fascination of ruins. Recalling lost civilizations, and certain demise of our own. The also give rise to dreams of futures born from destruction and decay. Many of the surviving artefacts from ancient Rome and Greece are no longer intact. Sculpted images, for example, are missing limbs or facial features. These losses reflect their personal history. They are also an intrinsic part of their beauty and continuing appeal. The slow picturesque decay and abrupt apocalypse ruins are both captivating and beguiling. This piece in particular is celebrating breakages, failures, scars and stress lines. These works survived centuries, broken, missing parts, and yet they retained their enigmatic presence. Their breakages somehow make them even more beautiful.” Joy BC
Tania Pistone Rongorongo, 2021 Homage to Alan Watts 18kt gold with bespoke black enamel earrings 1.5 x 10.5 cm unique and signed Tania Pistone’s wearable art project for the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery came to life following the artist’s Rongorongo series, paintings which depict an imaginary alphabet on gold-leaf plates. In her Rongorongo paintings, Pistone creates symbols in a deliberate attempt to reach an ideal alphabet, which addresses our shared, collective human unconscious. A place which she believes has been shaped by the experiences of our ancestors. ‘This project was dedicated to Alan Watts, an English philosopher born in (1915 – 1973). His major contribution was given as a popularizer in the West of Eastern philosophies (Zen). In one of his many monologues, there is the one on: what is love, which I used to engrave the plates (obviously it is fragmented into the various jewels), but the intention is that the message they carry is that. I am attaching the text:’ -Pistone (translated from Italian) Well now really when we go back into falling in love. And say, it′s crazy. Falling. You see? We don’t say “rising into love.” There is in it the idea of the fall. And it goes back, as a matter of fact, to extremely […]
Atelier Van Lieshout The Burghers, 2021 satin and polished silver bracelet 3 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm Edition of 8 Signed and numbered The Burghers symbolizes the ever-present human dilemma which is arguably more relevant today than ever before: the choice between the known and the unknown, between security and insecurity, between tradition and progress. The bracelet draws from a universal and timeless theme: what does one do in an emergency situation? The figures huddled together and each in a different state of mind, represent the various emotions that people go through in a time of conflict: heroism, fear, rebellion, survival, escape, compassion, cowardice, joy, loneliness and doubt. Moreover, The Burghers embodies the honeycomb that is humanity: civilians united together or alternately ensnared by the society that surrounds them. Like crabs clawing one another back into the trap, the artworks questions what we do if an opportunity arose, what role would each of us play? That of the Hero? Nerd? Killer? Helper? Healer? Saint or Sinner?
Sonia Delaunay Abstraction, 1979 Artcurial edition silver and enamel brooch and pendant with torque 7 x 5 cm edition 119 of 350 signed and numbered Sonia Delaunay was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and at the very forefront of abstraction art. In the last year of Delaunay’s life the pendant ‘Abstraction’ was edited by Artcurial, Paris, in a limited series of 350. The pendant is accompanied by its original box as well as its original certificate. ‘I always changed everything around me… I made my first white walls so our paintings would look better. I designed my furniture; I have done everything. I have lived my art.’ – Sonia Delaunay
Aigana Gali Totem Necklace “Hero”, 2021 Gold-plated bronze necklace 28 x 16.5 cm full necklace, 14 x 11 cm when detached (head with bird on a sun disk), 215 grams. Edition of 25 plus 2 AP Signed and numbered Aigana Gali’s wearable art project Totem Necklace “Hero” (2021) is a contemporary reimagination of the traditional Kazakh necklace Onirzhiek. Historically worn by the warriors of the great Central Asian steppes, the spiritual craft of making the Onirzhiek necklace has been passed on between generations for millennia. The archaeological expeditions in eastern Kazakhstan have found examples of such amulet adornments from the sixth-fourth centuries Before the Common Era. In this totemic creation Aigana Gali brings her people’s ancient tradition into the modern world. The artist enlivens the customary interconnected horizontal rows of the Kazakh chest necklace with deities and metaphors from different times and locales of our global multi-cultural society. The bird reminisces about Noah’s biblical heroic salvation of the animal kingdom, and the luminous golden disk on which the bird rests references humanity’s oneness symbolized by the Ancient Egyptian God of Sun Ra. The Hero’s genderless face cautions of the dangers of the social ego, its wide-open third eye invites wisdom […]
Sissi Cocoons, 2021 18kt gold and blackened silver threads with natural coral pendant 10 x 7 cm 62 cm chain unique and signed ‘The nest is not only the home of the body, but also a space that dresses and protects like the Cocoons wearable sculptures, cocoon-nests that enfold a content. The chrysalis represents both the rest of the being and its momentum, a continuous rebirth extended to the nature of coral. An aviary of intertwined gold and silver threads to enclose a fragment of coral in an embrace. A nature to be saved and to be given back to a protected place.’ – Sissi