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Pol Bury

Ring, 'Spheres', 1960s

Pol Bury

Pol Bury

Ring, 'Spheres', 1960s

Ring, 'Spheres', 1960s

Pol Bury

Ring, 'Spheres'

1960s


The concave plaque set with articulated spheres, between bifurcated shoulders, size J, signed Pol Bury, numbered 22/150, French assay marks and maker's mark.

Signed Pol Bury, numbered 22/150, stamped with a maker's mark 'P hand T' and the French assay marks for silver (crab). Further marked 'Artcurial'. Bifurcated shoulders are not aligned. Plaque measures approximately 16mm x 13mm. Overall in good condition. Total gross weight approximately 5.3g.


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Pol Bury (1922-2005) was a Belgian sculptor influenced by the perception of time. In 1938 he was a student at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Mons, focusing on painting, drawing and decorative arts. During his studies he was introduced to the surrealist movement, drawing particularly from the works of Magritte and Tanguy. After the Second World War, he moved away from Surrealism and towards abstraction and simplicity, exploring themes of movement within his work, for example, introducing motors into his sculptures, allowing the object to rotate slowly in random movements. Bury’s work was met with critical and commercial acclaim, selling all his pieces before the opening of his show at the Lefebre gallery in the 1960s. He became established as a well-known figure in the art world, and his sculptures can be found in collections and museums worldwide. The moving spheres incorporated into the design of this ring were a common motif throughout Pol Bury’s work, showing the continuity between his approaches to sculpture and jewellery, and reflecting his interest in themes of gravity and motion.