ETTORE SOTTSASS Italy
WALTER DE MARIO (maker) Italy
Architecural ring 1964
Signed: ES1, 750, Walter de Mario touch mark
Illustrated: Ettore Sottsass, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1994, p. 65
Exhibited: Ettore Sottsass, Centre Pompidou, Paris, April 27-September 5, 1994; Barbara Radice, Ettore Sottsass: A Critical Biography, New York, 1993 p. 144-145 (for related drawings)
Italian Retro oval “Buckle” ring, 18K gold with a Florentine finish, marked, c. 1940’s
Arthur & Bond, the fine art gallery, dealers in high-class curios, antiques and modern, was located at No. 38 Water Street, Yokohama, Japan. They had two branches, one located at 90 Concession, Kobe, Japan, and another located at 52 St. Mary Axe, London E.C.. They also had London Correspondents, Henry. S. King & Co. and American Agent, G. W. Sheldon & Co..
Their business card describes;
The Fine Art Gallery is one of the Sights of Yokohama and contains some of the most superb pieces of both modern & Ancient Art Workmanship in the country, embracing Gold Lacquer, Chased, hammered and inlaid Metal Works, Ivory Carvings, Embroideries, Cloisonne, Porcelain, Kakemono, Screens, Cabinets, so, so.
Visitors to Japan are cordially invited to inspect our collection, and will find all articles marked in Plain Figures at Moderate Prices. No troouble to show Goods.
They catered mainly to English expatriates and foreign travelers. They appear to have been retailers and manufacturers of a wide variety of goods, including Gold Lacquer, Chased, hammered and inlaid Metal Works, Ivory Carvings, Embroideries, Cloisonne, Porcelain, Kakemono, Screens, Cabinets.
They were a retailer but also an active manufacturer to employ local silversmiths. We can see some of their surviving products, like various pieces of silver including a Swiss watch with a Japanese silver case with their name on it. Among them the most famous and monumental product is the Liscum Bowl which was made by Japanese silversmiths employed by them in 1902.
Diamond solitaire ring, 6.67 carat round “Old European Cut” diamond (GIA certificate, potentially flawless, O-P color) in a very elaborate “Belle Epoque” 18K gold setting by Neil Lane set with numerous small round diamonds, signed