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Sophia Vari

'Sidéro' Sculptural Clip Earrings

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October 6, 04:34 PM GMT


8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Details


Sophia Vari

b. 1940

'Sidéro' Sculptural Clip Earrings

circa 2000, each signed and stamped BREVETE twice

18k gold and ebony sculptural pair of earrings, edition 3/8

1¾ by 1 by ⅝ in.; 4.5 by 2.5 by 1.6 cm.

Private Collection, Europe

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Philippe Garcia and Laurence Mouillefarine, Bijoux sculptés: Sophia Vari, La Martinière, Paris, 2010, p. 176

Paris, Artcurial, Bijoux Sculptés, 2010 (solo exhibition)

Vari’s Sidéro sculptural clip earrings are inspired by the mythological Sidero (Ancient Greek, ‘the iron one’). Sidero was the second wife of Salmoneus and the stepmother of Tyro, whom she mistreated. Pelias and Neleus, Tyro’s twin sons, sought revenge when they reached adulthood. Although Sidero fled from them into Hera’s territory, Pelias found her and murdered her atop the altar to Hera.