Bentley & Skinner to host Akelo retrospective


Goldsmith exhibition to be hosted at royal jeweller in November.

Fine London jeweller Bentley & Skinner is set to host a retrospective of work by goldsmith Andrea Cagnetti, aka Akelo, at its Piccadilly store.

The exhibition, named Akelo: 25 Years, will take place between November 2 and 19. It will celebrate quarter of a century’s work from the Cagnetti, who works under the artistic name of Akelo – the Greek god of water.

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Regarded as one of the most talented masters in goldsmithing, Cagnetti was born in Corchiano in Italy. He creates jewellery and golden objects that combine traditional techniques, with a look that shows influence from the Etruscans and Greeks.

Bentley & Skinner will publish an illustrated catalogue to mark the occasion of the exhibit. Akelo has had a similar show in the U.S., where Mary Pixley of the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Columbia, Missouri, orchestrated proceedings.

“Objects of such sublime quality appear only occasionally throughout history, when an artist demonstrates an ability to meet the challenges of ancient techniques, redeveloping them however in an original way,” said Pixley.

“Although it has roots in the past, the art of Akelo in fact should not be confused with that of his forebears, from which it differs in many respects. Instead, his timeless creations harmoniously participate in the unending history of man and of civilisation,” she added.

The works of Cagnetti have been exhibited in many national and international exhibitions. As a designer, Cagnetti has had publications, reviews and television appearances dedicated to him.

In the last few years, some Akelo designs have been acquired by important museums and private collections. His work is mostly crafted in 24ct gold, set with gemstones including sapphires, tourmalines and carnelian.

Established in 1880, Bentley & Skinner was first invited to supply jewels to the British Royal Family during the reign of Queen Victoria.


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