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A ‘Tête de bouteille et moustache’ necklace, designed 1960
A ‘Tête de bouteille et moustache’ necklace, designed 1960
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JEAN (HANS) ARP (1886-1966)


JEAN (HANS) ARP (1886-1966)
A ‘Tête de bouteille et moustache necklace, designed 1960
925 sterling with broken bottle head pendant set with polished cabochon carnelian and chrysoprase eyes, and with a flat moustache-shaped link to either side, joined by long rounded oval links with hook fastening
produced by Johanaan Peter Ein Hod, Israel, number 16 from the edition of 100
pendant 7.8 high x 5.5 cm. diameter (3 1/16 x 2 1/8 in.)
overall 48.5 cm. long (19 in.)
stamped on reverse DESIGN BY Arp, 16/100, PETER EIN-HOD, MADE IN ISRAEL, ST 925
G. Bott, International Ausstellung Schmuck, Jewellery, Bijoux, exh. cat., Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, 1964, another example illustrated, no. 6;
Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967, another example illustrated, no. 4;
M.S. Newby Haspeslagh, Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors @50: 1967-2017, Didier Ltd., London, 2017, this example illustrated pp. 22-23, no. 5.
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Lot Essay

German-French artist and poet Jean (Hans) Arp was a prominent abstract artist and known today as one of the founders of Dadaism. Born in Strasburg, where it attended the Ecole des Arts et Métiers, Arp later moved to Weimar and finally to Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian. Here, Arp became involved with the Dada movement and the circle of artist frequenting the Cabaret Voltaire. A practiced artist in collages and sculpture, Arp became interested in jewellery design only in his mature years, the pieces created easily recognisable as part of his oeuvre of biomorphic forms with soft contours. This necklace and its companion brooch called “Profil” were designed in 1960 by Arp to help his fellow Dada artist Marcel Janco raise funds for an artistic community that he had set up in a deserted Palestinian Arab village at Ein Hod, in the foothills of Mt Carmel in Israel. The jewels themselves were made by Johanaan Peter in an edition of 100 for both. The first gold jewellery Arp designed were half a dozen decoupage pendants made in editions of six by François Hugo in Aix-en-Provence and exhibited after he died at Le Point Cardinal, Paris, in 1967, alongside other jewellery and sculptures in precious metals designed by Andre Derain, Max Ernst, Picasso and Dorothea Tanning.

Christie’s would like to thank Didier Haspeslagh and Martine Newby Haspeslagh for their assistance with the preparation of the catalogue entry of this item.

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