Lucio Fontana - Design Evening New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Luisa Somaini and Claudio Cerritelli, Gioielli d'artista in Italia, 1945-1995, Milan, 1995, pp. 17, 92-93
    Harry Ruhé and Camillo Rigo, Lucio Fontana: graphics, multiples and more..., Amsterdam, 2006, p. 173
    Diane Venet, From Picasso to Jeff Koons, the artist as Jeweler, 2011, p. 207

  • Catalogue Essay

    Giancarlo Montebello founded the GEM workshops in 1967 producing artist-designed, limited edition jewelry. César, Sonia Delaunay, Piero Dorazio, Hans Richter, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Alex Katz, and Lucio Fontana were among the high-profile contemporary artists who collaborated with the firm.

    The present "Elisse" cuff bracelet, designed by Lucio Fontana as part of his long-standing and prolific collaboration with GEM, belongs to a second series of jewelry designs the artist created for the company during the 1960s. In keeping with his artistic output, Fontana's jewelry designs are a continuation of his spatial experiments. His silver bracelets from this series present various enamel colors, reminiscent of his iconic study of the "Concetto Spaziale" works on canvas.


"Elisse Concetto Spaziale" bracelet, model no. LF/4

800 silver, lacquer paint.
6 in. (15.2 cm) long
Produced by GEM, Milan, Italy. Number 8 from the edition of 200. Interior of cuff impressed 800, alongside two indistinctly impressed hallmarks. Together with a black and white print of a promotional photograph by Gianfranco Gorgoni and a certificate of authenticity from GEM.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $137,500

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Design Evening

New York Auction 12 December 2017