Victoire de Castellane

Is it jewelry or pure art? You decide.

Heroïna Romanticam Dolorosa, 2010
Lacquered silver, white gold, diamonds, jonquil diamonds, rubies, white gold, rock crystal
Necklace: 10 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches (26.3 x 14 cm); With base: 3 3/8 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (9.8 x 26.7 x 17.1 cm)

Opiom Velourosa Purpa, 2010
Lacquered silver, white gold, rubies, diamonds, rhyolite
Necklace: 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 x 19 cm)
With base: 5 x 8 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (13 x 22 x 21.5 cm)

Cana Bisextem Now, 2010
Lacquered silver, yellow gold, white gold, diamonds, emeralds, garnets, cucumber jasper
Bracelet: 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (8.4 x 8.8 cm)

Cracbouminalum, 2010
Lacquered silver, yellow gold, brown diamonds, diamonds, iron eye
Necklace: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (21.5 x 13.7 cm); With base: 9 1/2 x 7 inches (24.5 x 17.5 cm)

I start with a story, a world, never with the material. I find my stories in everything I observe and experience — and my taste for fairy tales…
~Victoire de Castellane

Victoire de Castellane is a French based artist for Dior who creates pieces of indescribable beauty and delicacy. In this line, Fleurs d’excès, “she has gone further to create ten works that recall the jeweled obsessions of times past, such as the mechanical nightingale of Hans Christian Andersen’s children’s tale, Fabergé eggs, and the fabulous ‘bestiaries’ of animals real and mythic. De Castellane’s intricately made hybrids each contain a wearable element, becoming ‘jewelry at rest, waiting to be worn.’”*

Drawing on such inspiration as the Brothers Grimm and Disney, her pieces are very organic and naturally shaped, resembling the beautiful yet deadly flowers found in nature. Think deadly nightshade and foxgloves.

Quo Caïnus Magic Disco, 2010
Lacquered silver, white gold, diamonds, smoky quartz
Bracelet: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches (8.6 x 8.6 cm); With base: 5 7/8 x 5 inches (15 x 13 cm)

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Pictures and information courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

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3 thoughts on “Victoire de Castellane

  1. Ehrgheiz says:

    I don’t see how these can be worn, so I’m guessing they’re all “art.” Furthermore, I place the word “art” in “quotation marks,” so as to convey my feelings with regard to calling it “art” at all.

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