Last fall we reported on the debut of Flawless, a unique online sales platform at Phillips, the international auction house. After launching the jewelry of famous British designer Shaun Leane, Flawless then bowed Woman to Woman, a collaborative sale of pieces selected by Vivienne Becker, famous jewelry author, historian and founder of Vivarium, the branch of her brand that focuses on curation, identifying trends, presenting guests, and more.
The latest Flawless x Vivarium exhibition is entitled “New modernism” and brings together 27 pieces by 16 jewelry designers and modernist artists. Unveiled earlier this month, it highlights Becker’s sense of a cultural mood shift towards a new abstract modernist design theme in contemporary jewelry, one that is more closely tied to the tenets of other artistic mediums. .
“In recent years, I have seen the emergence of a new style of graphic and modernist jewelry, a seismic shift away from figurative fantasies, responding to changes in today’s world, to technological advances, to the meeting of science. and art, âshe said. said in a statement. “It is reminiscent of the original modernism of the 1920s and the movement of the 1970s, which gave me the idea of ââ’New Modernism’.”
It’s a theme that also fits with what Paul Redmayne, head of private jewelry sales at Phillips, describes as âa mood and moving away fromâ¦ degraded paving stone work and storytelling, towards powerful, abstract compositions of lines, shapes and colors, âaccording to a statement.
Highlights include a 1930s pin designed by Alexander Calder (pictured above); exceptional pieces by Aldo Cipullo and Jean Dinh Van, who designed for Cartier in the 1970s; and contemporary pieces from jewelers such as Fabio Salini, Atelier Zobel and Studio Renn.
Some highlights of the sale are below.
Above: Circa 1939 brass and steel wire pin, $ 162,000; Alexander Calder. This piece is accompanied by an original handwritten laminated letter signed by the artist and dated December 18, 1939. The “New Modernism” series will be available online or by appointment at Phillips’ Hong Kong office until November 12 .
Follow me on Instagram: @ aelliott718
Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Twitter: @jckmagazine
Follow JCK on Facebook: @jckmagazine