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Just In: Wearable Art by Jean Arp and Ronald Mallory

December 6, 2017

The worlds of fashion, design, and art have long overlapped.  The Surrealists were particularly keen on blurring the lines separating the creative fields, as a number of Surrealist artists dabbled in fashion and design, creating functional and wearable art. For example, Elsa Schiaparelli’s daring clothing designs were developed in collaboration with Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau, and several other prominent Surrealist artists contributed to the fashion industry of their day.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Jean (Hans) Arp, Brooch
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Jewelry design, in particular, has proved an area for fruitful collaborations between fashion houses and artists. Collaborations to create wearable art are still quite prominent today, and continue to further merge the fields of art and design in interesting and innovative ways. LAMA is thrilled to offer three exceptional pieces of jewelry in the February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction: two by Jean Arp, and one by Ronald Mallory.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Jean (Hans) Arp, Necklace
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

French-German artist Jean Arp, who was loosely associated with the Surrealists, created a number of designs for avant-garde jewelry pieces, which he created chiefly for close relations and patrons. Two such pieces are a silver brooch and a necklace, which Arp created in the 1960s in collaboration with jewelry maker Peter Ein-Hod. Consisting of a solitary stone set in silver, the brooch resembles a sunny-side-up egg yolk perfectly suspended in a silver egg white. The necklace, with its cascading silver links and inlaid pebbles, harkens to the artist’s larger biomorphic sculptures. Arp’s legacy includes many disciplines beyond traditional art, including architecture and furniture, and as seen here, jewelry.

A decade later, American artist Ronald Mallory began experimenting with jewelry and wearable art. Primarily known for his mercury-injected kinetic works, which he first began creating in the 1960s, Mallory’s jewelry, such as the fanciful ring he designed circa 1970, are exemplary of the ways in which an artist’s primary practice can seamlessly translate to other outlets of creative expression.

Each of these pieces represents Arp’s and Mallory’s mastery of craft and dedication to their respective aesthetics in all forms. LAMA is delighted to present three beautiful pieces that are an incredible opportunity to own and wear a work of art!

Lot Information: 

Lot 18
Jean (Hans) Arp
Profile brooch
1963
Produced by Peter Ein-Hod, Ein Hod
Silver with inset pebble
#58 of 100
Impressed “Design by Arp/58/100” and “Peter Ein-Hod/Made in/Israel/ST925”
3″ x 1.75″
Literature: Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. R.S. Neu. 1967. #3.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 17
Jean (Hans) Arp
Tête-Bouteille et Moustache necklace
1966
Produced by Peter Ein-Hod, Ein Hod
Silver with semiprecious stones
#61 of 100
Impressed “Design by Arp/61/100” and “Peter Ein-Hod/Made in/Israel/ST925”
Pendant: 3.125″ x 2.125″
Literature: Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. R.S. Neu. 1967. #4.
Estimate: $12,000 – $15,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 157
Ronald Mallory
Ring
Mercary incased in acrylic
c. 1970
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

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