Ionic Capital Brooch

The upper part of an ancient column

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Brooch in the shape of an ancient Ionic capital. The capital is the upper part of the column, that was used in order to support the roof of the temples in Ancient Greece. The Ionic capitals are great monuments of the Ionic order, that is originated in the 6th century B.C., and of the ancient Greek architecture. The capitals are composed by spirally coiled volutes. The brooch is handmade of solid brass. It is a design by the artist Marios Voutsinas.

Dimensions: 2 cm x 2 cm x 2 mm

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The capital in architecture is the topmost member of a column and it mediates between the column and the load thrusting down upon it, broadening the area of the column's supporting surface. Capitals were used in the ancient architecture and they are used in the modern architecture, as well. In ancient greek architecture, three major orders of capitals were used - the Doric, the Ionic, and the Corinthian capital, from which are derived the capitals of Roman culture.

The Ionic order originated in the 6th century B.C.. The Ionic capital, is composed by spirally coiled volutes and the abacus. Unlike the Doric order the column does not rely on the pillar, but it has its own basis. The capital is thinner and below the volutes, the Ionic column may have a wide collar or banding separating the capital from the fluted shaft, that end up in-between the two volutes. Ionic capitals anyone can see at the Archaeological Museum of Athens and at the Museum of Ancient Agora in the Stoa of Attalos in Athens.

Marios Angelos Voutsinas was born in Paris and studied interior architecture. His involvement in jewelry design and miniature sculpture dates from 1972. His work is held by private connections around the world (the Pierides Collection; the Claude & Sydney Picasso; the Karen Burke Goulandris Collection and so forth) and is sold at the Benaki Museum Art Shop and the IANOS Culture chain. In 2004 GEMA Publications published a retrospective tribute covering 30 years of his creative output.

Since 1978 he has had 15 solo exhibitions in Greece (the most recent being Tea with Mrs. Katakouzinou at the A.&L. Katakouzinou Foundation in December 2009; and The Glass Menagerie at the Genesis Gallery in December 2013), Europe and America and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.Involved with equal passion in the creation of jewelry and of objects, Marios Voutsinas continues with persistence and knowledge with a foot in both these creative worlds, maintaining a creative artistic equilibrium with no preset points.

He retains eclectic elements of Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as references to well-loved foreign artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Rene Lalique, Fulco di Verdura and Jean Schlumberger, or his preferred representatives of the Greek Thirties generation; and creates jewelry that is unique in its rituals of line and materials, which composes a distinct universe, a tender handmade shell, inviting visitors to a gradual revelation, rewarding them by immersing them excitingly in a progression of perpetual prestidigitational processes and transformations of the most heterogeneous materials: lace, which through a lost-wax process is transformed into a tracery of precious metal; silver and bronze bows, which preserve intact the remembrance of how they rustled as textiles; semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl buttons and fragile porcelain; intricate wood carved parts of fruit trees and dull pieces and parts of old crystal: all compose the instantly recognizable creative world of Voutsinas, with its own distinct theatrical aura.


Ancient Greece
6th century B.C.
Dimensions (WxHxD):
2 cm x 2 cm x 2mm (thick)
Gross Weight:
53 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
5 gr

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