Sculpture as Jewelry:
The Wearable Art of Manette van Hamel
This lot not only captures the bold sense of movement in Manette van Hamel’s work, but her vision for the jewelry to serve multiple functions. Many of the works were designed with unique bases for display as sculpture when not worn, and others were designed to be worn on multiple places on the body. Manette’s unique vernacular in the design and aesthetic gives triumph to her persistent efforts to redefine jewelry as a wearable art form and these works represent the pure unity of function, aesthetics and ideology. These works were retained by the artist and are the largest offering of Manette van Hamel’s work to appear at auction.