Estate vintage ring. 18k yellow gold. Design by George Braque in collaboration with Baron Heger de Loewenfeld, designed 1961-1963. French.
Measurements: Approximately US size 7.5 - 8. Weighs 18.5 grams. About 1cm wide on the wider side. (photos show ring on ruler in inches).
The artistic merit of the ring goes without saying, but it's beauty and wearability are exceptional. It is very comfortable to wear with a strong feeling of understated luxury. True art incorporated perfectly into wearable form.
Marks: the ring is hallmarked and marked as follows: there is a French eagle head hallmark for 18k gold (see 'photos). The name BRAQUE is engraved, somewhat worn, but clearly visible. Other marks are 10R4 copyright mark and 827.
Condition: minor wear commensurate with use. See 'photos for details.
During WWII, Georges Braque, the famous Cubist artist painted a number of works depicting fish, in particular black fish, which many people believe allude to events of the time. He was also interested in Classic Greek mythology. During the last 2 years of his life, believing that it was not enough to paint, but that work should be touchable, he worked in collaboration with the Baron Heger de Loewenfeld to translate some of his art into jewellery, sometimes referred to as "Metamorphoses". This term aptly describes our ring: it depicts a pair of fish with clear Cubist origins. They metamorphosize into a reversal on the opposite side, with open space, the negative, depicting another pair of fish. The surface decoration of the upper pair of fish is geometric and linear and hints clearly at early Classic patterning and forms. The flow of the gold metal, a modern sculputre in miniature (how Braques saw his jewellery), is a strong artistic statement, as is the play of positive and negative shapes, echoing and complementing one another.
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