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'Our Daily Bread' by Kees de Goede

Kees de Goede is a well-known, multi-faceted contemporary Dutch artist who works in various media. The subjects dictate the technique and forms he chooses, and reflect his curiosity about what excites the world and his desire to show the magical nature of his discoveries along with the symbolism of the ordinary and the spiritual.

Fascinated by the shapes of the bread baked in the French village where he lives for part of the year, Kees has been making candlesticks and chandeliers inspired by them from 1998.

't is always a pleasure to go to a bakery in the morning and smell the freshly baked bread. If the baker also makes baguettes in the shape of a pain d'épi (wheat stalk bread), the same wheat needed to mill flour for baking bread, I find it delightful to be able to see in the final product what it was made from originally'.

The candlesticks are cast in aluminum and then gilded. This lends them the aura of the fields of wheat in France gleaming in the sunlight like pure gold. In this way the artist elevates our daily bread to the level of a sublime jewel, resonating with connotations of everyday life, which, however, can also be used for practical purposes!

'I choose plain or rustic loaves. Their shapes arise from their preparation or purpose. Pain d'épi is made in such a way that it can easily be pulled apart. The shape of an incised loaf of white bread is due to the tin it is baked in and because the dough is incised. According to me, Challah is braided to facilitate breaking it into chunks. I pick out loaves of bread as I find them.

This raises questions about the consumption of art. Religious symbolism is also evident. The bread made of grain (resembling gold) is transformed into light, and the candlesticks are exhibited with lit candles. While the artist shies away from religion, he does aim to uplift and enlighten his audience.

Photographer: Rob Versluys (©)

Kees de Goede`s work is represented in various collections, including those of the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, as well as Museum De Pont in Tilburg, which is devoting an exhibition to him entitled Perpétuel that will run from 10 October 2015 to February 2016.

Dear all,

Welcome to our 2013 Fall Exhibition, a selection of Iris Nieuwenburg's work from 2009 till the present titled Gilded Frames from Paris.

27 September - 5 October 2013; 11:00 - 17:00.

On Wednesday, 2 October, at 16:00, jewellery historian Marjan Unger will give a short talk about Iris, who will also be present. We cordially invite you to join us to toast the artist.

We will also raise our glasses to celebrate Leonore's jubilee: this is her tenth year in the shop.

Iris Nieuwenburg's Gilded Frames from Paris

Iris Nieuwenburg's jewels are collages, which she manipulates to create a certain frozen atmospheric moment in time. The images, objects, and elements she chooses play a definite role in the construction of these narrative pieces.

The starting point for Electroluminescente is the reflection of a tree in the window of a Paris antique shop. It gave rise to a contracted image of the branches of a chandelier and a tree shining in the shop window from the street. Iris was intrigued by this coincidence, and the image this engendered in the window, mingling reflection and distortion. It both inspired this brooch and served as the starting point for her new collection Gilded Frames from Paris. A visual and tactile combination where time, space, and objects meet.

pAn Amsterdam 2012
Next week you will find us at the art & antique fair pAn Amsterdam. This fair will be held from 18 to 25 November 2012 in Amsterdam.

We will show you this very rare and pretty medieval 22 carat gold wedding ring decorated with floral engravings and set with an otahedron cut sapphire and the inscription 'Loyal Desir' (loyal or legal desire), 15th century, found in Calais, most likely English.

Spring Exhibition 12-19 May 2012

Kunsthandel Inez Stodel cordially invites you to the Spring Exhibition in the new shop, which includes many new acquisitions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hours: 12 until 19 May 2012: 11.00 - 17.00

Of course, purchases can still be made through our website.

Surprise Your Mother!

Any purchase made on Mother's Day, Sunday 13 May, gives you a 10% Mother's Day discount.

Fall exhibition September 2010

Kunsthandel Inez Stodel cordially invites you to the Fall Exhibition: OPEN! 2010.

We will show our latest acquisitions and artworks by Philip Sajet.

In 1977 - when the first snow fell - Philip Sajet decided to make jewellery. Nine years later he had his first solo exhibition and now his work is shown at Kunsthandel Inez Stodel for Sajet's 39th solo exhibition.

Philip Sajet was born in 1953 in Amsterdam. His father was Dutch, but his mother, whose father was a jeweller in Paris, came from France. A few years ago Sajet and his wife moved to the South of France, where they are both goldsmith.

Sajet has his own vision of his craft "Jewels are small objects that you wear on the skin, cheer you up, adorn us and to show our necessary vanity". In his clearly defined area of rings, necklaces and earrings Sajet shows us his groundbreaking designs. Sajet is honored that his work is shown in a jewellery loving environment for the first time.

We have chosen Philip Sajet because his jewels are works of art that show a lot of craftsmanship, love and humour. They are contemporary but go back to the basis of the art of jewellery.

You will see large minerals, glass and pearls with a lot of colored enamel. The shape of diamonds often returns in different guises. For us there are many surprises, not only in Sajet's view of his craft but also in how he gives this expression.

In 2011, the CODA museum in Apeldoorn will stage a Sajet retrospective.

Opening hours
24 September until 2 October : 11.00 - 17.00
On Saturday 25 September the artist, Philip Sajet, will be present
Monday 27 September closed

Moon of Baroda by Philip Sajet is an 18 carat gold ring, set with seven cabochon flints and a pear cut citrine of circa 24 carats. Sajet was inspired by the canary yellow diamond from India with the same name.

The original Moon of Baroda of 24.04 carats was owned by the Maharajas of Baroda for 500 years before it was bought by Meyer Rosenbaum, director of Meyer Jewellery Company, in 1920. The diamond was borrowed to Marilyn Monroe for her performance of Diamonds are a girl's best friend in the legendary movie Gentlemen prefer blondes.

pAn Amsterdam

Next week you will find us at the art & antique fair pAn Amsterdam. This fair will be held from 22 to 29 November 2009 in Amsterdam.

Exhibition of brooches by Jeroen Krabbé from September to October 2009

Kunsthandel Inez Stodel invites you to the exhibition of brooches created by Jeroen Krabbé.

Jeroen Krabbé is a versatile man. Not only is he painter, actor and director, he is also a jewellery designer. In 1999 Krabbé designed a pendant, inspired by nature, a figurative reproduction of a forest scenery for the Week of the Jewel. For a good friend Krabbé recently designed and created a collection of brooches that together in a showcase forms another work of art.

Stodel en Van der Waals are honoured that they have tempted Jeroen Krabbé into making this cheerful and lively collection of brooches, inspired by Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin and countless other artists.

Jeroen Krabbé: "These painters are my inspiration, I admire them and have made tributes to their lives and works! I have put a mignifiyng glass over their work in the hope that other people will look at them in the same way that I do and will also be inspired by them".

Openings hours:
opening Saterday 26 September at 12:00 by Petra Laseur
opened from 25 September until 3 October 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 27 September open from 12:00
Monday 28 September closed

Courtesy Francis Kyle Gallery, London

© Henni van Beek Fotografie