Jean (Hans) Arp

Tête de Bouteille et Moustache Necklace

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10,000 - 12,000 USD

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Jean (Hans) Arp

1886 - 1966

Tête de Bouteille et Moustache Necklace

circa 1960, stamped on reverse DESIGN BY Arp, edition 19/100,


sterling silver with broken bottle-head pendant set with polished

semi-precious stone eyes and with a flat moustache-shaped link

to either side; each version of the edition consists of a different

combination of semi-precious stones, joined by long rounded oval

links with hook fastening, produced by Johanaan Peter Ein Hod,

Israel, sold with soft cover book by Eric Robertson and Frances

Guy, titled Arp The Poetry of Form, published by Otterloo, Kröller-

Müller Museum, 2017

Pendant: 2⅛ by 3 in.; 5.5 by 7.7 cm.

Chain: 19¼ in.; 49 cm.

Private Collection, United States

Anita Buttner, Internationale Ausstellung Schmuck - Jewellery - Bijoux, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, 1964, no. 6 for another example

Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1967, no. 4, 6 for another example

Hermann Schadt, Goldsmiths' Art: 5000 Years of Jewelry and Hollowware, Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, 1996, p. 204

Martine Newby Haspeslagh, Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors @50: 1967-2017, Didier, London, 2017, p. 23

Diane Venet, Bijoux d'Artistes, de Calder à Koons, la collection idéale de Diane Venet, Flammarion, Paris, 2018, p. 24 for similar example

Jean Arp (1886-1966) is an accomplished sculptor and poet and

considered to be one of the founders of the Dada movement. The

German-French artist began making jewelry only in his later years as an extension of his sculpture. He was fascinated with molding hard materials into shapes with gentle contours and fluid lines that voked malleability and softness. While abstract in form like much of his larger work, his miniature sculptures nevertheless evoke living forms like plants and the human body, a biomorphic style that translates fluidly into silverwork and jewelry. In an homage to the asymmetry of nature, each necklace he designed in this edition sports different stones, an unexpected surprise that makes each unique. His 1960s edition of this necklace, an edition of one hundred, had a charitable cause: the Ein Hod village art community in Israel, which his fellow Dadaist Marcel Janco was attempting to establish.