Spheres on both sides of a square

Pol Bury
Spheres on both sides of a square, 1968
18kt yellow gold bracelet
stamped GEM 750
H 73 cm
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered

Pol Bury dedicates himself to rethinking ‘ornament’ with his own creativity examining metal and movement as he did on large scale sculptures. Even though it was a personal game, working on small sculptures to wear was an extension of his creativity.  For the artist it was important how the jewellery felt against the body and to give equal importance to both views of the piece, as shown in the Spheres on Both Sides of a Square bracelet, where yellow gold spheres of equivalent size are mounted on both sides.

This rare 18kt yellow bracelet was produced in 1968 with GEM Montebello in Milan and it is from an unfinished edition of 50 [only 25 have been made]. It is signed, dated, numbered, stamped GEM 750 and comes in its original box. At the age of 25, GianCarlo Montebello and his wife Teresa Pomodoro founded GEM Montebello in 1967 with the intent to propose to the public multiples and limited editions wearable ornaments made by international renowned artists like Man Ray, Lucio Fontana, Sonia Delaunay, Jesús Rafael Soto, Niki de San Phalle and many others. The well-known photographer Ugo Mulas played a fundamental part, producing a series of fascinating pictures in black-and-white of the avant-garde creations of the Montebello atelier. Montebello’s work as the “editor” of artist jewellery continued until 1978.


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