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Creations of the legendary Gilbert Albert at the Piguet winter sale in Geneva on December 10th, 2018

On December 10th, 2018, the Piguet auction house will be offering 427 lots of creations by the jeweller genius Gilbert Albert.

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For more than half a century, the art of Geneva jeweller Gilbert Albert has been a phenomenon in the world history of jewellery, embodying both harmony and the perfection of nature. The artist’s rare talent to convey the essence of the surrounding world through the design of jewellery and the use of inconceivable combinations of materials showcase the genius of a man capable of fitting the boundlessness of nature into a mere piece of jewellery, whether it is a necklace, a ring, a pair of earrings, or a watch.

Every piece created by Gilbert Albert is a philosophy of the beauty and sophistication of nature. The artist makes his creations in a single original and uses materials he finds in Parisian and Genevan antique shops, so every piece has its own history, itself forming part of the legendary identity of the great master. Seashells, scarab and turtle shells, baroque pearls, fulgurites (sand melted by a lightning strike), trilobites (extinct marine arthropods), dinosaur bones, meteorites, corals, natural crystals, gemstones, peacock feathers – all these materials become a piece of fine jewellery in the hands of a pure genius.

Gilbert Albert (b. 1930, Geneva) studied at L'Ecole des Arts Industriels in Geneva. His talent was spotted yet in 1955 by Patek Philippe, where he became a designer. In 1962 the artist opened his own atelier. It was 10 times that Gilbert Albert received the most prestigious award in the world of jewellery “Diamonds-International Awards”, established by De Beers in 1953-2003. He is also the first living jeweller after Carl Faberge, who was invited to present his work at the Moscow Kremlin Museums, and it happened two times – in 1991 and 2003. In 2003 the artist was inspired by ballet and together with prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre and American Ballet Theatre Nina Ananiashvili participated in creation of a ballet award “Star” for young talented dancers, which he made in the shape of a sea star.

Gilbert Albert. Parure with necklace, ring and ear clips. Red coral, coloured shells.
Parure with necklace, ring and ear clips. Red coral, coloured shells.
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Among the top lots at the upcoming auction is a red coral and coloured-shell parure consisting of a necklace, a ring and ear clips (estimated at CHF 6,000-8,000). It was presented at the exhibition in Prague in 1995, and is also mentioned in Gilbert Albert, “Création d'hier, d'aujourd'hui, de demain”, Genéve, 2016, p. 96.

Gilbert Albert. Table clock with tourmaline crystal and black marble pedestal base.
Table clock with tourmaline crystal and black marble pedestal base.
Height 35 cm.
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A table clock with an exchangeable dial on a black marble pedestal base is made of tourmaline crystal (estimated at CHF 30,000-50,000). It is mentioned in Gilbert Albert, “60 ans de creation”, Genéve, 2012, p. 77, and also, Gilbert Albert, “Création d'hier, d'aujourd'hui, de demain”, Genéve, 2016, p. 31.

Gilbert Albert. Amazonite table clock.
Amazonite table clock.
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A table clock made of amazonite crystal (estimated at CHF 3,000-5,000) and an opal brooch pendant (estimated at CHF 2,000-3,000) created by the great artist will also be part of the unique collection at the upcoming auction.

Gilbert Albert. Brooch pendant. Opal.
Brooch pendant. Opal.
Height 7,5 cm.
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