New York goes from August to September with a bang. If you happened to be in the city over Labor Day weekend, you know it was so quiet you could hear crickets in the morning. Then boom it’s rolling again. Everyone is back from their summer slumbers and going full tilt. Kids are in school. Fashionistas are running from one presentation to the next for New York Fashion Week. And rush hour is a congested cluster of crowds heading into the office.
Well, allow me to add one more item to your list of activities. The tastemakers at Dover Street Market have curated a selection of treasures from Sotheby’s September 25, 2019 sale and it is awesome. Not only have they picked covetable, wearable jewels, but they have also installed them within the contemporary design of the Rei Kawakubo retail outlet with art works by Sammy Slabbinck.
The collages by Slabbinck bring a fresh perspective to some treasures you might overlook in the standard Sotheby’s display. A micromosaic brooch depicting St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica made around 1830 is being studied by a painter with a canvas. A wood and gold snake bracelet with a diamond head and emerald eyes wraps up a nude woman who, as they say on the internet, expresses my #mood about the assault of activities brought on with the new season. Two art handlers hoist an oversized 19th century cameo depicting Alexander the Great mounted in 20th century gold ring above crates.
Other spectacularly chosen vintage items that look so au courant in the Dover Street Market setting, include one of the most coveted vintage watches among millennials today: a Bvlgari Tubogas timepiece with a square dial. There is a dreamy crossover ring with rubies and diamonds. A 1980s Celtica cuff bracelet by Bvlgari, similar in style to one worn by Sharon Stone in Casino, stands out as a bold statement jewel. Cat lovers will enjoy a cool panther lounging on a branch made by Van Cleef & Arpels.
There is only a brief window of time to see the mini-exhibition in Manhattan. It’s at the 160 Lexington Avenue store through Sunday, September 8, 2019. In other words, it is gone in a New York Minute. Los Angelenos will have an opportunity to check it out when it goes on display there from September 13-15, 2019.