Sale 13409
Art as Jewellery
Online 6 - 18 May 2016

Inspired by the female form Man Ray designed a series of playful jewellery pieces, which reflected his surrealist leanings and his highly individual and imaginative style. One of the most striking works is Les Amoureux or The Lovers that delineates the female mouth, which appears to take inspiration from one of his most celebrated Surrealist paintings A l'Heure de l'observatoire: Les amoureux, 1936. Executed in an edition of twelve by his friend Italian Goldsmith Gem Montebello the present work has only been offered at auction once before. As a surrealist and Dadaist artist, who worked as a photographer, film director, painter and sculptor Man Ray was used to working in a number of different mediums, relishing in the opportunity to push the boundaries of art. Man Ray worked in close collaboration with Montebello, creating a series of jewellery pieces that allowed his creative incentive to run free from any aesthetic restraints of jewellery making. He only produced eight pieces of jewellery between 1970 and 1976, in editions of twelve, which often included variants. These were designed as wearable sculptures and were often created as personal gifts for friends and family.

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