The star of the exhibition is a large, and distinctive, black diamond.
September 7, 2023: Auction house Christie’s is dazzling the art and jewelry world with the largest-ever exhibition of Wallace Chan in Europe, called “The Wheel of Time.” The exhibition will present an extraordinary, and diverse selection of some 150 jewelry pieces and more by jewelry artist and sculptor Wallace Chan. The curatorial vision of the exhibition emphasizes Mr. Wallace’s artistic and masterful innovation.
The spectacular 'Legend of the Color Black' shoulder brooch, crafted with a 312.24 carat black diamond.
The mastermind behind the creation of the world’s most expensive diamond necklace will bring yet another distinctive and masterful black diamond shoulder brooch sculpture, ‘Legend of the Color Black’, to the display. The 312.24-carat diamond is one of the largest known cut black diamonds. The black diamond is placed alongside silver grey diamonds, crystal sapphire, black agate, titanium, and the Wallace Chan Porcelain.
The Joy of Life brooch by Wallace Chan.
The Wallace Chan porcelain – featured in most of the pieces – is Mr. Chan’s own creation which he has spent years perfecting. This particular porcelain is five times sturdier than steel.
‘The Wheel of Time’ is a proud display of works from Mr. Chan's remarkable career, the majority of which have been kindly loaned by several of his important international collectors. Some other highlights are ‘The Joy of Life Brooch’ a dazzling butterfly piece studded with diamond, pearl, and titanium; The Hours Necklace; Microscopic Ring and much more.
Wallace Chan's Wheel of Time necklace, which highlights the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs.
The Wheel of Time necklace brilliantly gives the 12 Chinese signs equal visibility, as you rotate it to highlight whichever sign you want. Are you a rabbit? Put it in the middle. Is it the Year of the Rat? Well, rotate and display the mischievous symbol!
Mr. Chan shared, "In the blink of an eye, half a century has flown by. I am humbled by the opportunity to present my largest exhibition in Europe at Christie's in London…Time is an eternal wheel that rotates for infinity with neither beginning nor end. In the creative process, time is a theme so intangible, yet omnificent."
Soaring Clounds - a dreamy ring by Wallace Chan.
The exhibition is on view at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London until September 10.
- By Pritha Debroy