A new exhibition, titled Tableaux, at the new Tinsel Gallery in Joburg features the eye-catching new collection of singular, figurative jewellery designs by owners, husband-and-wife team Geraldine Fenn and Eric Loubser together with fellow jewellery-maker Marchand von Tonder.
The word “tableaux” is French for “painting” and alludes to the inspiration behind the show. Many of the pieces include miniature paintings by artist Marita Johnson.
Fenn describes their individual styles: “I like using vintage cameos and intaglios. and try to re-interpret them in a contemporary way. Eric has quite a cute aesthetic and does some very out-of-the-ordinary pieces with unusual materials. Marchand’s pendant pieces are a collection of abstract faces inspired by wooden African masks.”
Van Tonder's design uses oxidised silver, 18ct yellow gold, coral and gold-bearing ore.
Tableaux is at Tinsel Gallery in Johannesburg from 23 May until 12 June.