Made from sterling silver or gold vermeil.

By Balthazar Malevolent


Celine has collaborated with the foundation for a limited-edition series of necklaces that recalls the French sculpture César Baldaccini.

Celine x César Baldaccini necklace.

Baldaccini has been at the forefront of the Nouveau Réalisme movement and is known for his art of compression, frequently turning scrap metal from vehicles or ordinary garbage into geometric sculptures. In 1959, the artist began exploring his art of Directed Compressions when he first saw how a heavyweight hydraulic crushing machine worked.

Hedi Slimane at Celine has gained inspiration from the artist by producing two fine jewelry pieces for the French house — one necklace made of sterling silver and leather, and the other of gold vermeil and leather. There are only 100 of each necklace, and all are numbered and packed individually in special pinewood cases.

The collaboration is organic, as Baldaccini used to make jewelry too. The artist would gather fragments, heirlooms, and antiques from his family and would remold them into new totemic necklaces — which these new Celine necklaces so clearly relate to. All necklaces are rectangular, and have compact metal carvings all over them.

Take a look at the necklaces of the Celine César Compression Project. Both are now available to buy at select Celine boutiques. The sterling silver piece is retailing at $4,100 USD while the gold vermeil piece is at $5,400.

César Baldaccini was once commissioned to paint a McLaren F1 GTR in 1995, which took part in Le Mans' famous 24 Hours. The Chassis GTR5 car is still in the livery that César created, and represents the only 'Art Car' based on the iconic Mclaren.

Examples of César Baldaccini's work can be seen at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Facel Véga) and in the permanent collection of the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges-Pompidou (Bas relief, Tortue, le Diable). Baldaccini also designed his own grave at the Montparnasse Cemetery, on the esplanade de La Défense (Le Pouce), in Marseille on Hamburg Avenue between the MAC and the Bonneveine Centre (Le Pouce Géant). One of Baldaccini's most iconic pieces, Conserve expansion - Martial Raysse (1970-1972), is at the Museo Cantonale d'Arte in Lugano. In the early 1990s the Frenchman Flying was mounted in Hong Kong.

Designer Rick Owens has been referencing César Baldaccini in his interviews mentioning that he's been inspired by his work while creating his own earlier collections.

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