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art as jewellery

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art as jewellery “A Decade of Artist’s Jewellery”, the last gallery publication of this scale, was published  almost exactly three years ago in celebration of the gallery’s tenth anniversary. It documented the inception of Louisa Guinness Gallery and my early collaborations, and went on to list images of works separated into three sections  “Collaborations”,  “Contemporary” and “Modern Masters”. It was conceived as a way of suggesting the shape of the gallery collection and, more importantly, to give a sense of the range and volume of artists who have turned their hand to jewellery over the past 100 years. At the time of its publication we felt ourselves approaching a new moment in the perception of our niche amongst contemporary artists, institutions and the market. It felt to us that in 2013 in particular more collectors were taking note, more fairs were offering artist made jewellery and more museums were interested in exhibiting work than ever before. We moved into our Mayfair gallery at 45 Conduit Street only months after the “decades”  publication: the first ever London gallery space dedicated exclusively to exhibiting contemporary and historic artist’s jewels. Since then the artist jewellery market has continued to go from strength to strength. Sometime buyers have become collectors whilst at auction, artist jewellery has developed from the odd miscellaneous lot found in various sale categories to an auction category in itself. The gallery programme at 45 Conduit Street has featured solo shows of work by contemporary artists, group shows and installations as well as our ground breaking solo show of jewellery by iconic French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Thanks to the support of some of the most important collectors in the field, as well as that of legendary artist jewellery maker GianCarlo Montebello (founder of GEM MONTEBELLO editions in Milan which was responsible for some of the greatest examples in the field; including jewels by Lucio Fontana, Niki de Saint Phalle and Man Ray) we were able to include never before seen sketches from the Montebello archive, showing the creative process next to the rarest examples of Saint Phalle’s jewels. Our contemporary programme has contributed decisive new additions to the field in recent years, images of which you will find in the following pages including Gavin Turk’s

Ceremonial Biscuit, Ron Arad’s unique standing Naja, Conrad Shawcross’ Seven Days, and Nic Fiddian Green’s mesmerising lapis sculpture. They are what great artist-made jewellery should be, inhabiting the ineffable moment between art, sculpture and jewellery. We have published individual catalogues on each of these artists; please do contact the gallery if you are interested and we can send them to you. Otherwise you will also find digital versions of all recent publications on our website. We have some fabulous new collaborations lined up for the next few years and many more exhibitions planned. Most excitingly I have been invited by Jacob Rothschild to curate an exhibition of artists’ jewels at Waddesdon Manor next year. This will be the first ever exhibition of its kind in the UK - I am delighted to be able to share our passion and knowledge with the general public at this museum.  We continue to participate in leading art fairs around the world where we see many of our international collectors. We remain, however, proud of our gallery exhibition programme and would like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to visit the space in person. We have great treasures in our vaults that cannot possibly come to all the fairs and, as is always the case with art and for these objects particularly, they are always much better in the flesh! We are about to close our latest exhibition of work by Nic Fiddian Green, which will be followed by our exciting new solo show of work by Claude Lalanne, Butterflies and Bijoux, opening on June 8th. This will be followed in September by ‘The Boldness of Calder’; an exhibition focussing as much on the wearers of Calder’s sartorial artworks as the works themselves. I couldn’t do all this without the very worthy support of my gallery director, Cecily Motley, who I would like to thank for all her time and effort and for the help of Tamara and Flora who are equally important. It couldn’t happen without them! Thank you as ever for your support; we look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon!

Louisa Guinness, May 2016


Nic Fiddian Green Horse Head Cup, 2015 Pendant vermeil 6.1 x 1.6 x 2.5 cm edition of 12

Nic Fiddian Green Lapis, 2016 Pendant on Plinth lapis lazuli and 18k gold 5.2 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm unique

Nic Fiddian Green Horse Fragment, 2015 Pendant on Plinth hand beaten silver 14.0 x 4.0 x 2.0 cm edition of 3

Ron Arad Naja, Perfectly Coiled, 2015 Necklace silver with rutilated quartz lens diameter: 6.5 cm unique within a series of 25

Ron Arad Hot Ingo, 2016

Earrings silver rods with red laser sintered polyamide 10 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm edition of 100

Ron Arad, Rocks N.IV, 2015

Necklace, silk and silicon (fabric by Rive Roshan) 20.6 x 9.0 x 1.7 cm, unique

Mariko Mori Ring, 2013

Pendant & Bracelet lucite external diameter: 10.4 cm internal diameter: 6.4 cm edition of 100

Mariko Mori, Planets, 2013, Earrings, 18k white gold, Akoya pearls, glass

bead, aurora bead and pearl crystal bead , length: 9.0 cm, diameter: 4.0 cm, edition of 10

Mariko Mori, Planets, 2013, Necklace, 18k white gold, south sea pearls, Akoya pearls, opal glass, aurora bead and pearl crystal bead, diameter: 15.0 cm, edition of 5

Gavin Turk Ceremonial Biscuit, 2014 Pendant 18k gold diameter: 6.5 cm edition of 8 plus 4 artist’s proofs

Gavin Turk Ten Commandments Apple Core, 2014

Pendant 18k gold with garnet pip 4.15 x 1.6 x 1.7 cm edition of 8 plus 2 artist’s proofs

Anish Kapoor Disc Ring, 2012 18k white gold diameter: 3.0 cm edition of 75

Anish Kapoor Water Form I, Small, 2014 Pendant 22k gold polished diameter: 4.0 cm edition of 10 plus 4 artist’s proofs

Anish Kapoor Water Form I, Large, 2013 Pendant 22k gold polished exterior with blue enamel interior diameter: 7.3 cm edition of 5 plus 2 artist’s proofs

Cornelia Parker Fallen Trophy, Medium, 2011 Necklace silver 6.6 x 8.9 x 0.02 cm unique

Tim Noble & Sue Webster Fucking Beautiful, Large, 2014 Necklace 18k polished rose gold edition of 10 plus 4 artist’s proof

Ed Ruscha Here, 2008 Bookmark 18k white gold edition of 100

Peter Blake Red Star, 2008

Cufflinks 18k gold and watercolour on paper diameter: 2.2 cm spoon: 3.0 cm unique watercolour

Annie Morris Peg, 2014

silver with hand painted box peg: 7.2 x 0.9 x 1.8 cm box: 7 x 14 x 3.5 cm unique within a series of 50

Michael Craig Martin Light Bulb, 2007

Necklace 18k white & yellow gold 4.5 x 25.5 x 16.0 cm edition of 10 and 2 artist’s proofs



Pendant silver 9.9 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm edition of 25 plus 8 artist’s proofs

Pendant bronze 9.9 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm edition of 25 plus 8 artist’s proofs

William Turnbull Metamorphosis, 2012

William Turnbull Metamorphosis, 2012

Not Vital Ring, 2012

22k gold diameter: 0.4cm unique within a series of 25

Conrad Shawcross Loop System 4:3, 2013 Bracelet silver diameter: 14.0 cm edition of 15

Conrad Shawcross, Seven days, 2013, seven silver bracelets displayed in dedicated oak box, lined with series of seven pendulum driven drawings by the artist pendulum drawings: signed and inscribed, bracelet diameter: 14.0 cm, drawings: 14.0 x 14.0 cm, box: 21.1 x 131.5 x 7.5 cm, edition of 10

Marc Quinn Frozen Strawberry, 2007 Pendant 18k white gold with diamonds 6.0 x 3.5 cm edition of 10 plus 4 artist’s proofs

Dinos Chapman, Jubilee Clip Bracelet, 2010

silver, bracelet: 6.2 x 5.5 x 1 cm, key: 2.1 x 2 x 0.9 cm, chain: 38.0 cm edition of 100 plus 10 artist’s proofs

Yinka Shonibare MBE Ship in a Bottle, 2011

Pendant on Plinth hand painted resin, glass, wood, silver bottle: 4.7 x 7.0 x 3.6 cm plinth: 5.8 x 5.2 x 2.6 cm edition of 10 plus 4 artist’s proofs

Mike Chavez-Dawson Duchamp’s Ring, 2013

Ring cold cast porcelain and solid silver 3.8 x 2.4 x 3.4 cm edition of 21 plus 1 artist’s proof


Lucio Fontana Elise Concetto Spaziale, 1967 Bracelet sterling silver and black lacquer 16.0 x 6.0 x 7.0 cm edition of 200 (unfinished edition)

Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaziale, 1962 Brooch solid gold 4.0 x 3.2 cm unique

Pablo Picasso Le Rond, 1956 (1967) Pendant 23k gold diameter: 5.1 cm edition of 20

Man Ray Hommage, 1973 (2012) Necklace green and red 18k gold 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.3 cm edition of 12



24k gold with lapis lazuli pendant: 9.5 x 10.8 cm necklace diameter: 13.0 cm edition of 12

Ring 24k gold and platinum height: 4.0 cm diameter: 2.25 cm edition of 12

Man Ray La Jolie, 1961 (1970)

Man Ray Le Trou, 1970

Jesus Rafael Soto Square, 1968 (2012)

Necklace & Brooch silk screen print on aluminium frame of 18k white and yellow gold with lapis lazuli 7.0 x 7.0 x 1.2 cm edition of 25

Max Ernst Poisson, c. 1960 Pendant 23k gold 16.5 x 12.5 cm edition of 6

Max Ernst Groin, c. 1960 Pendant 23k gold diameter: 10.0 cm edition of 6

Meret Oppenheim Tête de poète, 1967 (2012) Necklace 18k gold and enamel 8.5 x 10.0 cm edition of 9

Alberto Giacometti Sphinge, 1935-1939 Brooch gold-patinated bronze height: 6.5 cm Limited edition

Hans Richter Untitled, HR/2, 1967 (2012)

Necklace 18k white and red gold with winding elements diameter: 20.0 cm edition of 9

Niki de Saint Phalle Assemblage, 1974 (2015) Necklace 18k gold and enamel pendant: 13.0 x 8.0 cm edition of 3

Niki de Saint Phalle Snakes, 1971 (2015)

Cufflinks 18k green gold, rose gold and enamel 6.0 x 1.8 cm edition of 19

Niki de Saint Phalle Nana with Bag, 1974 (2015) Necklace & Brooch 18k gold and enamel pendant: 8.0 x 4.5 cm edition of 3 plus 3 artist’s proofs

Pol Bury Boules des deux côtés d’un cylindre, 1968 Bracelet 18k gold with articulated spheres diameter: 7.2 cm edition of 25

Pol Bury, Huit Carrés superposés, 1971, Ring, 18k gold with rotating square plates, 2.0 x 2.0 x 1.5 cm, edition of 30

Pol Bury, Tiges sur un carrĂŠ, 1974, Ring, 18k gold with moving filaments, 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.6 cm, edition of 30

Alexander Calder Untitled, 1950 Necklace brass 36.8 x 36.8 cm unique

Alexander Calder Untitled, 1940 Brooch brass and steel wire 15.8 x 12.0 x 1.3 cm unique

Alexander Calder, Untitled, c. 1940 Necklace, silver, 24.8 x 37.5 cm, unique

Louise Bourgeois Gold Spider, 1996 Brooch silver 10.5 x 8.0 x 2.5 cm edition of 6

Keith Haring Golden Baby, 1989 Brooch 18k gold 4.5 x 7.0 x 6.0 cm edition of 200

Arman Untitled, 1990

Bracelet 18k gold (depicting pitcher, cups, tea pots, and coffee pots) 17.0 x 9.0 cm edition of 8


Jeff Koons Rabbit, 2005-2009 Necklace platinum 8 x 3.4 x 2.7 cm edition of 50

Robert Indiana Love, c. 1970

Ring gold plated over heavy weighted brass 2.3 x 2 x 0.5 cm unlimited

Rob Wynne Octopus, 2008

Ring 18k gold, diamonds and emeralds 3.8 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm edition of 10

Bill Copley, ChaĂŹne pour une femme enceinte conceived 1972, executed 2013 Necklace, 18k rose gold, length: 130.0 cm, edition of 9

Kenny Scharf Big Love Locket, 2007 Necklace 18k gold, pearl, diamonds, sapphires and enamel 4.2 x 3.2 cm edition of 50

Grayson Perry Doll, 2009

Pendant silver and cotton thread 17.0 x 15.25 x 1.5 cm Edition of 5

Bernar Venet Indeterminated line silver diameter: 4.0 cm unique

Claude Lalanne Bague en Fleur XXIV, 2012 Ring galvanised copper 4.1 x 3 x 4.1 cm unique



Necklace galvanised copper diameter: 14.5 cm unique

Earrings galvanised copper and coral 4.4 x 3.3 x 3.0 cm unique

Claude Lalanne Fuchia Neclace, 2015

Claude Lalanne Leaf Pod with Coral, 2015

Claude Lalanne, Chapeau Papillon, 2004 Hat, galvanised copper, 30.0 x 13.0 cm, unique

Sophia Vari Troie, 2010

Pendant & Brooch 18k gold and ebony 8.36 x 6.5 cm edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs


Sophia Vari

Earrings 18k gold and silver 9.4 x 3.9 x 0.8 cm edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs


Sophia Vari Éros, c. 2013

Bracelet vermeil 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.0 cm edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs



Brooch 18k gold, ebony, onyx & leather 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.6 cm unique

Ring 18k gold and ebony 4.3 x 3 x 4.1 cm edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs

Sophia Vari Ménélas, 2014

Sophia Vari Les Pléiades II, 2011

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Serpent Jaune, 1977

gold, diamond and enamel, 1.8 x 9.5 x 2 cm, edition of 8 plus 4 artist’s proofs opposite:

Ron Arad, Standing Naja, 2016

vermeil with quartz lens, diameter: 6.5 cm, height: extendable to 16.0 cm, unique

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Art As Jewellery | Louisa Guinness Gallery | Catalogue 2016  

“A Decade of Artist’s Jewellery”, the last gallery publication of this scale, was published almost exactly three years ago in celebration of...

Art As Jewellery | Louisa Guinness Gallery | Catalogue 2016  

“A Decade of Artist’s Jewellery”, the last gallery publication of this scale, was published almost exactly three years ago in celebration of...