Christie’s London Art Adorned
There’s little more opulent than a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda collection, which features gilded and embellished couture items, entirely cross-stitched with flowers or adorned with intricate bead and sequin work. The Italian label often references artistic movements, from Rococo to the Renaissance in its collections; take A/W 2019’s Alta Moda show, held at the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Sicily, which featured silk gazar gowns depicting Neoclassical paintings by French artists Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust.
Now, in a nod to this artistic connection, Christie’s Art Adorned sale features important Old Master Paintings and Decorative arts, curated alongside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Alta Gioielleria collections. A number of astonishing jewellery creations will be on display, including cherub motif chandelier earrings strewn with lengths of diamonds and a cocktail ring with an oceanic Pariba at its centre, but it’s these hand-painted miniatures earrings which have us feeling most artful. These asymmetric designs feature two contemplative women, painted with flower-adorned head pieces and emerald earrings. Two pink sapphire birds sit atop each miniature, a symbol of the light hearted twist which Dolce & Gabbana brings to even its most prized creations. Art Adorned is on view Christie’s, 8 London from 22 November - 3 December.
Writer: Laura Hawkins