A jewelry master always combines perfect craftsmanship, impeccable design and excellent choice of gemstones to create the most beautiful form of adornment. These are the elements of Haute Joillerie. Yet, some makers go one step further and elevate their work to an artistic level. They introduce a subject-matter and the aesthetics of their pieces are connected to the artistic trends of their time. For them, jewellery is just another mean to express their views and challenge their contemporary artists. Raimond Templier belonged to the latter. He approached jewellery like Duchamp, Matisse or Picasso approached painting. He created masterpieces, but for him the most important thing was to convey his message, his analysis of how society was changing and the impact that machines and manufactures were having.
The brooch above is an exceptional example of the Abstract trend in Art Deco during the 1930's. The balanced design of the two circles represents ying and yang and the concave surface of the platinum element reflects the light of the diamonds one. As in life, it is the contrast that makes one complete.
It will be auctioned by Sotheby's Geneva on May 14th together with two other rare examples of Templier's Art Deco.
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