*Gubelin by Gilbert Albert 1960 Swiss organic bracelet in 18 kt gold with abalone shell & pearls
Modernist organic bracelet designed by Gilbert Albert (1930-2919) for Gubelin.
Gorgeous piece from the modernism period circa 1960, created in Switzerland by Gilbert Albert for the house of Gubelin. It was crafted, with organic maritime elements from the sea in solid yellow gold of 18 karats, with heavily textured patterns imitating the reefs and coral formations from the the bottom of the sea.
Composed by 6 elaborated free-forms links attached together by oval links and suited, with a fold over clasp with a hinged figure 8 for extra security
Each links is embellished with round carvings of natural Philippines abalone shell of 24 mm and are accented at top with 6 natural round white pearls of 5 mm.
Have a total weight of 67.5 grams and have a length of 8.25 inches, can be shortened or enlarged adding/removing links
Stamped, with the maker's mark, the swiss gold assay hallmarks and signed, "GUBELIN .750".
Gilbert Albert, born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1930, is a jewelry designer and one of the most influential jeweler artist of the 20th and 21th century with more than 10 world award winning prizes. He made important sculptural jewelry works for the Patek Philippe company and he worked there as part of the designer team.
He was head of the workshop from the 1955 to 1962, during which time he designed his signature asymmetrical watches for the company. Mr. Albert took his inspiration from his passion for modern art, notably works by Brancusi and Mondrian. In 1962 after leaving the Patek Philippe Co, he founded an opened his own firm at rue de la Corraterie in Geneva where one of his workshops is located still today. He also worked for the Omega SA Watch Company. Recently he opened boutique stores in Paris and New York city.
The Gubelin house was founded in 1854 when Mauritz Breitschmid opened a watchmaker's shop on the Pfistergasse in Lucerne. a few years later, in 1861, Eduard Jakob Gübelin was born in eastern Switzerland. he subsequently moved to Lucerne and was apprenticed to the watchmaker Mauritz Breitschmid. The year 1886 marked a special occasion in the young watchmaker's life as Eduard Jakob Gübelin married bertha Sophia Breitschmid, the daughter of his old master. In the same year, the two men became business partners, managing the growing company together.
In the 1920s Gübelin opened its own jewelry atelier and at the same time set up a small gemological laboratory so that it could test – and be sure of the authenticity – of the stones its jewelers used. It also continued making and repairing fine watches for a discerning clientele, developing a reputation that soon reached throughout Europe and overseas.
Since 1854, the house of Gübelin has always been in the hands of the family and led by a family member throughout time the Gübelin family carefully nurtured its traditions. It kept the company’s core values alive and passed them on to the next generation which contributed to the success and growth of the swiss house.
Very impressive art-piece with outstanding craftsmanship, a truly collector's piece. It is in perfect condition with all the vintage patina intact.
INVENTORY REF: B0000EAEN/1.622