JJ Martin curates a vibrant online exhibition for Sotheby’s

The fashion designer behind La DoubleJ brings her bold, bright aesthetic to a collection of vintage jewellery and contemporary African and Middle Eastern art

JJ Martin, founder of Milan-based fashion and homewares brand La DoubleJ
JJ Martin, founder of Milan-based fashion and homewares brand La DoubleJ | Image: Courtesy of La DoubleJ

“We wanted to create a visual feast,” says JJ Martin, founder of Milan-based fashion and homewares brand La DoubleJ, of the multi-genre exhibition she has curated from lots in three sales for Sotheby’s, which opens for viewing online on Friday 20 March. “Our aim was to use our playful, bold, bright designs to shed unexpected light on the works of art and objects in the exhibition. We wanted it to be whimsical, fun and punchy, but also with an exquisite attention to detail.”

From left: a ring with a 23.3g step-cut tourmaline (£1,000-£2,000) and a 1925 diamond, nephrite and enamel brooch (£12,000-£18,000)
From left: a ring with a 23.3g step-cut tourmaline (£1,000-£2,000) and a 1925 diamond, nephrite and enamel brooch (£12,000-£18,000) | Image: Sotheby’s
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Jewels include this very on-trend gold-coin bracelet (£4,000-£5,500)
Jewels include this very on-trend gold-coin bracelet (£4,000-£5,500) | Image: Sotheby’s

Martin’s vibrant edit features pieces from the Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale on March 24, Modern and Contemporary African Art sale on March 25 and the Fine Jewels sale (25 March). The sales will be available to view virtually on Sothebys.com from 20 to 24 March. Jewels include a playful 1925 diamond, nephrite and enamel brooch shaped like a bonsai tree (£12,000-£18,000) and a (very on trend) gold-coin bracelet (£4,500-£5,500). The art ranges from Yinka Shonibare’s Bad School Boy life-size mannequin sculpture (£100,000-£150,000) to Monir Farmanfarmaian’s magical take on the traditional craft of mirror mosaics (£120,000-£180,000).

Sculpture includes Bad School Boy, a life-sized mannequin by Yinka Shonibare (£100,000-£150,000)
Sculpture includes Bad School Boy, a life-sized mannequin by Yinka Shonibare (£100,000-£150,000) | Image: Sotheby’s
Variations #3, 2010, by Monir Farmanfarmaian (£120,000-£180,000)
Variations #3, 2010, by Monir Farmanfarmaian (£120,000-£180,000) | Image: Sotheby’s
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