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Revelry by Ralph Bakker

Exhibition  /  12 Sep 2020  -  24 Oct 2020
Published: 05.09.2020
Ralph Bakker. Ring: Revelry 8, 2020. Silver, gold, Fire quartz.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Ring: Revelry 8, 2020
Silver, gold, Fire quartz.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Intro
Frankly, the materials employed by the goldsmith are almost too beautiful… The way they shine, the light reflecting on their surface, the titillating options for numerous alloys. In addition, there is a multitude of ways available to process them, and that is of course also the snag. It is only through time-honoured and laborious crafts that precious metals can be made to blossom.

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Ralph Bakker
To enhance the revelry - to paraphrase a Dutch expression - Ralph Bakker has all sorts of additional skills at his disposal. He excels in applying surface finishes like niello and enamel, so he can finish his pieces with lustrous colour. The many elements that make up his necklaces went in the oven time and again, to provide all the silver with dazzling translucent enamels, in subtly contrasting hues.
Seen from the perspective of classic jewellery, Bakker's work is never traditional. Its richness lies in the ingenious construction, the exquisite colouring and his attention to detail, without ever becoming gaudy. Pieces that are a joy to wear, never burdened by habits of displaying financial supremacy; actually the very aim of revolutionary jewellery makers half a century ago.

/ Ward Schrijver
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)
Ralph Bakker. Necklace: Revelry 1, 2020. Gold, silver, enamel.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Necklace: Revelry 1, 2020
Gold, silver, enamel.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Necklace: Revelry 2, 2020. Silver, enamel.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Necklace: Revelry 2, 2020
Silver, enamel.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Necklace: Revelry 3, 2020. Gold, silver, enamel.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Necklace: Revelry 3, 2020
Gold, silver, enamel.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Necklace: Revelry 4, 2020. Gold, silver, enamel, gold-leaf.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Necklace: Revelry 4, 2020
Gold, silver, enamel, gold-leaf.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Ring: Revelry 5, 2020. Gold, silver, tantalum, Ethiopic Opal.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Ring: Revelry 5, 2020
Gold, silver, tantalum, Ethiopic Opal.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Ring: Revelry 6, 2020. Gold, silver, loupe.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Ring: Revelry 6, 2020
Gold, silver, loupe.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Ring: Revelry 7, 2020. Gold, silver, Rose quartz.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Ring: Revelry 7, 2020
Gold, silver, Rose quartz.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Ring: Revelry 9, 2020. Gold, silver, Rose quartz.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Ring: Revelry 9, 2020
Gold, silver, Rose quartz.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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Ralph Bakker. Earrings: Revelry 11, 2020. Gold, silver, enamel, gold-leaf.. Photo by: Michael Anhalt. Ralph Bakker
Earrings: Revelry 11, 2020
Gold, silver, enamel, gold-leaf.
Photo by: Michael Anhalt
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