Online auctioneering has come a long way – today it’s all about curation by those in the knowand right now, it’s the turn of chic London jeweller Solange Azagury-Partridge to step into the spotlight for a sale in collaboration with Paddle8, entitled The Multifaceted View, which runs from May 5-19.
“It’s been like an exotic shopping trip where I choose all my favourite artists and jewellery to create the perfect collection,” says Azagury-Partridge. “I focused on pieces that captured something that inspired with colour and a hint of art deco.”
Having been let loose in the proverbial sweet shop, Azagury-Partridge has amassed work – not from her personal collection – by the artists, designers and jewellers who have most inspired her, such as Tracey Emin’s neon Be Brave (£50,000-£70,000, first picture) and Chuck Close’s Untitled, a dramatic digital pigment print of a naked Kate Moss (£40,000-£60,000). Devoid of elephant dung, Chris Ofili’s Half Moon (Blue) is a painted nickel silver sculpture (£7,000-£10,000) said to “culturally appropriate Western canonical and religious references and infuse them with postcolonial quotation.” The works were sourced by Paddle8’s auction lots according to Azagury-Partridge’s aesthetic.
Less opaque perhaps is Andy Warhol’s offset lithograph finished by hand in watercolour and named Shoe Bright Shoe Bright, First Shoe I’ve Seen Tonight, (£3,000-£5,000, second picture) from the mid-1950s. Azagury-Partridge says she chose Marc Quinn’s Italian Landscape (II) (£10,000-£15,000) because “the intensity of colour and nature in this work is so arresting”.
Jewellery, of course, is a main component under Azagury-Partridge’s watch, and as the former creative director of Boucheron she has sourced from her alma mater an exquisite twin-headed fish ring (£7,000-£11,000, third picture) made around 1965. Continuing the animal theme are Cartier’s 18ct yellow gold and enamel ladybird earrings from around 1990 (£3,000-£5,000).
Azagury-Partridge has has created a special edition of her iconic 18ct yellow gold and lacquer Hotlips ring (£1,000-£1,500) from this year’s collection with Paddle8’s signature blue: “While the eyes are the window to the soul, I believe the lips are the door to one’s sensuality – which I find quite yin and yang.” Of her 2010 piece Bacchus (£5,000-£7,000, fourth picture), in 18ct blackened white gold with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, she says “My favourite stones are emeralds and rubies, and I have both in the joyful Bacchus. He just wants everyone to have fun; he’s the perfect host.” One could say the same thing of Azagury-Partridge herself with this beautifully curated online sale at Paddle8.