In this solo exhibition by jewelry creator and innovator Wallace Chan, a multiverse of culture, craftsmanship and creativity is presented through over 80 creations — many of which have not yet been seen. In taking viewers on a journey through time and space with contemporary sculptures, wearable works of art, and pieces composed of the artist’s innovations over the past 45 years — including the Wallace Cut, Titanium Mastery, Patented Jade Technology, Gemstone-Setting-Gemstone Technique, Secret Abyss and the Wallace Chan Porcelain — the creator reveals how our memory may be our greatest material to reshape our past, re-imagine our present and rebuild our future.
“The spirit of what we once knew — in an earlier time in our lives, or on a previous plane of existence — shapes all that we encounter again.”
— Wallace Chan
Cicada, an ancient symbol; jade, the gentleman's stone -- a 5000-year-old Chinese story retold.
About the lot
About 4000 light-years away from Earth is the wildest dream fantasized under the light of stars fulfilled by the incomprehensible wonders of the universe: the Butterfly Nebula. From this hourglass-shaped cloud of interstellar gas and dust, a pair of spectacular butterflies emerge with dainty wings of near-perfect symmetry. They float through the night sky, exploring the mystical galaxies.
An antique form, once asleep, is now awake with a new life. History and modernity join hands to actualize the true spirit of inheritance and eternity.
Light, color, and shape intertwine to mirror an exquisite dance to a magnificent tune. Rhythmic light and color are reminiscent of a musical notation; together they compose an act of glamour and elegance.
About the lot
Three sapphires represent a century’s supernovas. Together, they appear so vibrant, they outshine entire galaxies. The qualities of supernovas lead to associations with vitality and brightness, both of which are ever-changing forms. The look and feel of the porcelain securing the gems reflects such dynamic features. In light, during every moment and from any angle, a new aspect of the porcelain’s lustrous beauty shines forth.
The horses gaze into the blue diamond before them and find what is shared in their hearts: magic, a treasure, eternal love. When rare blue color is found in diamond, its symbolic power reaches new dimensions. Linked to the celestial and beyond, blue inspires meditation and transcendence. In the blue diamond is peace, calm, and freedom from earthly woes – a near supreme, supernatural beauty.
The James Christie Room
22nd Floor, Alexandra House
18 Chater Road Central, Hong Kong
14-25 January, 10:30am-5:30pm
Tel: +852 2760 1766
The Art of High Jewellery: Design and Curating
Christie’s Hong Kong | 15 - 24 January 2019
In celebration of the special exhibition Shapeshifter, Christie’s Education is pleased to present a series of educational programmes led by leading contemporary jewellery creator and innovator Wallace Chan, to further our understanding of high jewellery and its history, art and design, and contemporary curating.
• Masterclass in Modern and Contemporary Jewellery DesignLed by world-leading jewellery creator and innovator Wallace Chan, featuring jewellery historian Vanessa Cron
• Up Close and Personal: Wallace Chan and his Philosophy of BeautyLed by Wallace Chan, including a handling session of his iconic pieces
• Introduction to Curating
• Conceptualising Beauty: Exhibition Walk-through with Wallace Chan
• Space and Beyond: A Gallery Walk-through with "Shapeshifter" Wallace Chan
The brilliant Chinese jewellery designer reveals the inspiration behind his pioneering creations — and his upcoming exhibition at Christie’s in Hong Kong