Art and Jewellery: A Relationship Through History
Designer Tessa Packard chairs a panel discussion exploring the theme of jewellery as art and the place of the maker in history. She is joined by renowned experts including jeweller to the stars Andrew Prince, Elisabetta Cipriani, founder of the eponymous ‘Wearable Art’ gallery in Mayfair and the former European Jewellery Director at Christie’s, Raymond Sancroft-Baker. Following the talk, there is an opportunity to speak to the panelists and view the jewellery collections on display.
Andrew has produced pieces for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the television series Downton Abbey and The Young Victoria, as well as for many notable celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Shirley Bassey.
Prior to establishing her eponymous fine jewellery brand, Tessa began her professional career in the commercial art world, specialising in Impressionist, Modern and Brazilian Concrete art. Much of her jewellery draws influence from her passion for art history, which in turn has inspired her to explore the relationship between art and jewellery, both in the past and the present.
Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Contemporary Artists invites renowned international sculptors and painters to create exclusive wearable sculptures with the use of precious materials. These pieces are created exclusively for Elisabetta Cipriani in limited series or as unique pieces. Since 2009 her Mayfair-based gallery has collaborated with numerous acclaimed contemporary artists including Ai Weiwei, Giulio Paolini, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis, Rebecca Horn and Pedro Cabrita Reis.
Raymond Sancroft-Baker spent decades working in the jewellery industry, from assessing historical gems to selling some of the most important, rare, and unusual pieces of jewellery ever to come on the market. He joined Christie’s in 1969 and was European Jewellery Director there for over 20 years, working in London, Geneva, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. A Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, he is the co-author of recently published coffee table book Hidden Gems: Stories from the Saleroom, a compendium of forty lavishly illustrated true stories from the world of gems and jewellery, taking the reader behind the scenes of some unforgettable creations and the lives of the people who wore them.
Tea and coffee is served alongside the discussion.