Sotheby's presents a flower motif jewelry exhibition
April 4, 2019: Flowers is the first thing that pops in our minds when we think of summer. Curated in partnership with Carol Woolton, the celebrated historian, author, and Contributing Director of Jewelry at British Vogue, ‘In Bloom’ offers an array of jewels that embody the vibrance and beauty of nature – from the sunny hue of daffodils to the painterly palette of blossoming irises.
Comprising 75 pieces, the collection will showcase vintage floral designs from distinguished houses such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Boucheron, Verdura, and Belperron, alongside exquisite pieces by leading contemporary designers from around the world, including Solange Azagury-Partridge, Neha Dani, Eliane Fattal, Fernando Jorge, Sabba, Jessica McCormack and Irene Neuwirth.
Young talents, such as Tatiana Verstraeten and Christopher Thompson Royds will feature alongside fine jewels by Dolce & Gabbana, exhibited for the first time. The show is further distinguished by unique pieces specifically commissioned from British artist Shaun Leane, Japanese master craftswoman Gimel and Indian designer Bina Goenka. All pieces on exhibition will be available for private sale, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $3 million.
Ms. Carol Woolton said, “Flowers are one of the ways we measure particular moments of our lives, and jewelry is another. Small wonder that flowers are a recurring and significant theme in oeuvre of the jewelry designer, arguably the greatest leitmotif in the history of jewels, cropping up time and again studied from every angle for inventiveness and brilliance of color to be reimagined in fresh forms to suit the prevailing whims of fashion. I’ve often been drawn to comment on floral jewel trends and have explored antique naturalist and abstract approaches of design, as well as stories of flowers that stirred the crafting of a jewel, in my book Floral Jewels from the World’s Leading Designers, which sowed the idea for this exhibition. I’ve been delighted to work with Sotheby’s in curating this selling exhibition of magnificent antique and contemporary examples of floral jewels.”
The exhibition will be held at Sotheby’s New York May 3 to 24, 2019.