Giampaolo Babetto, Padua School, Italy: 1990s Architectural Amethyst Cube Gold Ring
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Item Description: "Giampaolo Babetto, Padua School, Italy: 1990s Architectural Amethyst Cube Gold Ring"
Giampaolo Babetto: Contemporary Architectural Amethyst Cube Gold Ring
18k yellow gold (750); 2 amethyst cubes
Ring size: 15.25 mm to 15.25 mm (= approx. EU 48 / US 4.5 / ASIA 8)
Overall dimensions 2.7 to 2.6 to 1.65 cm; edge length of amethyst cubes 1.0 cm
Weight approx. 23.2 grams
Marks: Fully signed, dated (1999) and numbered (exemplar 5 of 7) by the artist on the inside of the ring band; Italian assay marks for 18k gold and goldsmith’s registration mark on bottom
Roughly textured 18k yellow gold sheets form an architectural, strictly geometric conceptualized, monumental ring of two and a half open cubes, base for the setting of two amethyst cubes of a transparent medium purple, which refract the light in additional geometric structures and various shades of purple depending on the angle the light falls through them. The amethyst cubes are set, not glued. Their interesting inclusions correspond with the irregular cross-hatch-and-dot texture of the gold, adding an organic touch of chaos to the constructivist concept.
Giampaolo Babetto (1947 - ), one of the leading exponents of the Italian Padua School, revolutionized Italian jewellery design in the 2nd half of the 20th century with his new minimalistic approach to works of goldsmithing.
He started his international career as a designer and goldsmith in 1966 with his diploma at the ‘Pietro Selvatico’ State Institute of Art in Padua, Italy (founded in 1867 as a school of applied arts), commonly known as ‘The Padua School’, where three years later he became himself a teacher of professional design from 1969 to 1983, contributing greatly to the experimental approach to goldsmithing, for which the Padua School quickly earned international reputation.
Between 1983 and 2000 he taught metalwork, goldsmithing and design at the Rietveld Acadamy in Amsterdam (NL), at Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (GER), at the University of San Diego (USA), at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA), at the Instituto Europeo del Design Milan (I) and other institutions.
1975 Herbert Hofmann Award, Munich
1983 First Prize at ‘International Jewellery Art Exhibition’, 5th Tokyo Triennale, Tokyo
1991 Gold Medal Bayerischer Staatspreis, Munich
1998 Ring of Honour at the ‘Foundation of the Ring of Honour of the Association of Goldsmiths’, Hanau (GER)
2003 RIDS New York Athena Awards for ‘excellent career’, Providence, USA
Giampaolo Babetto’s works are part of numerous public collections (selection):
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
National Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (AUS)
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island (USA)
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museu Textil d’Indumentària, Barcelona, Spain
Grassimuseum Leipzig, Germany
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