Chinese collectors jet in to buy Wallace Chan jewels at Biennale

Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:55am EDT
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By David Brough

PARIS (Reuters) - Chinese collectors flew in by private jet this week to buy the latest creations from the world's top designers at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires, and made a beeline for Wallace Chan's intricately crafted jewelry.

One of the great names in his field of contemporary design, his sculptures of insects, flowers and fish sculptures in colored titanium and colorful gems drew collectors, artistic directors at top jewelry houses, up-and-coming designers and artisans seeking inspiration for their own work.

“When I carve, and when I work on a gemstone, I am very tender,” Chan told Reuters at the Sept. 11-21 exhibition in Paris's vast Grand Palais.

“When I see a gem, if I feel for it, I try to communicate it through light and colors,” he said.

Works on display included “On Dragon Fly Wings”, made of oval-shaped jadeite, pink sapphires, colored diamonds and garnets in a carved titanium setting.

“This is where jewelry meets art at the highest level,” said Alexander Davis, who owns a boutique in Mayfair, London,

Chan and fellow A-list designer Giampiero Bodino showcased their work alongside some of the finest jewels from the world’s top brands and designers as well as vintage works from the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari.

The leading Parisian houses produced striking pieces that reflected their past and defined them as brands: Cartier’s panther, Van Cleef & Arpels’ gem-encrusted fairy clips - inspired this time by the fairy tale, Peau d’Âne, and Bulgari’s Serpenti collection, with snakes a house emblem since the 1940s.   Continued...