Verdura ring, highly textured 18K gold set with teardrop shaped turquoises and a convex center of pave diamonds, marked
Eugenio Avolio, sculptor (1876-1929) Naples
*** This ring is illustrated in the catalogue raisonne “Kevin Coates, A Hidden Alchemy, Goldsmithing: Jewels and Table-Pieces” by Kevin Coates, Elizabeth Goring, Arnoldsche, 2008, No. 287.R.96
Known for his technical brilliance and the symbolic imagery of his work, Kevin Coates is considered by many to be Britain’s leading artist-goldsmith. A true Renaissance Man, Coates is also a musician specializing in the baroque mandolin and has performed in concerts and recitals throughout Europe as well as a mathematician; his PhD thesis was titled, A study of the use of Geometry and Proportional systems in the Art of Lutherie. He focuses on the spiritual meanings of jewelry and draws inspiration from music, theater, painting, literature and mathematics. Neither exclusively modern nor wholly traditional, Coates’ work dazzles us with its technical virtuosity and inspires us with its symbolic imagery. He was an artist in residence at the Wallace Collection in 2011, where he had an exhibition entitled, Time Regained. His most recent exhibition, A Bestiary of Jewels was on view at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University from January through March, 2014.
Franco Cannilla (1911-1984) was a well-known Italian artist who included jewelry design in his repertoire. His first exhibition of gold jewelry was held under the patronage of Mario Masenza in Milan in 1949. The sculptural gold work in the present suite reveals his talent for enhancing jewelry with miniature works of art.