From the Franchi Geometria Collection
- 100% Sterling Silver
- Dimensions: 30 cm in height
- Handmade in Italy
The Curva Water Vessel is the singular object of fine silverware from the Franchi Geometria series. This collection is characterized by dynamic geometry and a contemporary exploration of the Golden Ratio, a mathematic proportion often found in nature which infatuated great minds from Euclid to da Vinci, Le Corbusier to Dalí. This masterpiece of the collection puts the human body into the focus of these visual explorations. The handcrafted, one-of-a-kind object is a celebration of the female form at every turn.
By crafting the item in the latent form of an ewer, an essential item in the tradition of fine silversmithing, Franchi recalls the historic use of silver as a purifying element. Silver coins, for example, have been used for their antimicrobial properties in barrels of wine for centuries. Therefore, this choice of functional form has philosophical implications, suggesting that the item is a visual metaphor for ablution achieved through grace and beauty.
Curva is inspired by the proportions of figures from high fashion and Old Hollywood, by the sumptuous folds and fluid movement of silk across a woman's body, and by the feminine elegance and joie de vivre of Fellini's Dolce Vita that permeated Rome in the post-war years. Encompassing all three is the muse of this creative piece, Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn lived for nearly two decades in the Eternal City and is still fondly remembered by many Romans for her approachable demeanour and frequent presence in the shops and cafes of the historic center during the 60s and 70s.
Claudio Franchi was eager to transmute the essence of the starlet into artistic form, and the unmistakable balletic posture of Audrey is evident in the final product.
To watch the Franchi Brothers at work transforming a sheet of sterling silver into this contemporary masterpiece, please click on the video below.
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