Specially commissioned for the sale, the Silk Road Music collection features five extraordinary pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place on the Silk Road, an ancient trade route connecting the east and west dating back thousands of years.
Hu’s inspirations stem from her passion for music and Western art and present a fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics. The Silk Road designs in particular are undeniably imbued with a lyrical sensibility; her creations have a fluid, dancing quality, always suggesting movement, whether they’re wings in flight, flower petals nodding in the wind, or en tremblant gemstones that float like notes on the pages of a musical composition.
The selection is headlined by the Dunhuang Pipa necklace (lot 1713), which features a 100.02 ct. cushion-cut fancy intense yellow diamond in a mounting of 18k white and yellow gold adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds.
The pendant can be worn separately as a pendant/brooch, and a section of necklace can be detached and worn as single earring.
Hu was inspired by a Chinese mural painting that depicted the image of a woman playing the pi-pa (a four-string Chinese lute), which lends its silhouette to the shape of the necklace.
Hu founded her namesake brand, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie, in 2008, opening her first boutique in New York on 58th street, right near Bergdorf Goodman, the Plaza hotel, and other elegant destinations. Hu presented her first global exhibition at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in July 2012, and she is the first Asian female jeweler admitted into Comité de la Haute Joaillerie Paris.
Her jewelry has been worn by Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, as well as contemporary artist Cindy Sherman and Jetsun Pema, the queen of Bhutan.
Here’s a look at the other Anna Hu pieces being presented at the auction—bidding for this mini symphony of color, line, and form starts Monday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. HKT.
Top: Lot 1711 Cello brooch with jadeite cabochons, brilliant-cut diamonds, yellow diamonds, and a pink sapphire in 18k white and yellow gold
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