"Pendants Pending" earrings
Made by GEM Montebello (active 1967–1978)
Object Place: Milan, Italy
Overall: 19.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (7 1/2 x 1 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
18kt gold spirals, signed and numbered from an edition of 12. According to invoice, “Made in 1970 in the form of lampshades which appear in a photograph of Catherine Deneuve taken by Man Ray 1966.”
In 1967 designer GianCarlo Montebello opened the GEM MONTEBELLO workshop in Milan with the express intention of collaborating with European and American artists. Seeking to erase the boundaries between art and craft, the atelier took advantage of Milan’s longstanding goldsmithing tradition to create specially designed art jewelry. Man Ray designed the Pendants Pending earrings based on a series of spiral-form lampshade sculptures he created in the early twentieth century. In about 1970, Gem Montebello made an edition of twelve pairs of these large-scale earrings, which hang almost to the collarbone. The earrings convey Man Ray’s Surrealist ideas in their impressive scale, unusual use of a domestic object as inspiration for personal adornment, and punning title.
Each earring is marked on both detachable hoop and earring "750" "782 M1", third mark is "GEM" for the maker Gem Montebello
"Man Ray 7/12"
Box on back stamped in gold "GM Gem Montebello"; interior lining of box stamped in gold 'Man Ray"
Joan Sonnabend; Daphne Farago, October 23, 2003 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.
The Daphne Farago Collection
© 2011 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
GianCarlo Montebello curator of the GEM MONTEBELLO Archives