ARMAN Fernandez (1928-2005)
Gold Watch Inclusion Pendant, c. 1960s
Unique 18ct gold pendant containing parts from a dismantled watch set in Perspex.
Marks: scratched signature
Dimensions: H. 4.5 cm; W. 3 cm; D. 1 cm
Exhibition: From Picasso to Jeff Koons. The Artist as Jeweler, Museum of Art and Design, New York 2012
Literature: D. Venet (ed.), From Picasso to Jeff Koons. The Artist as Jeweller, Milan 2011, pp. 161-2
This small pendant is among one of Arman's earliest jewels, produced in the mid-1960s during an illness that had confined him to bed. In an effort to amuse himself he dismantled watches and used these pieces together with other watch-making parts to create miniature assemblages that were set into clear Perspex and then mounted in gold.