Bracelet

about 1983
Cara Croninger (American, born in 1939)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 12.1 x 7 cm (3 3/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2006.112

Medium or Technique

Polyester resin

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Cuff bracelet in stripes of clear and black resin.


Jewelry designers began to experiment with plastic soon after its invention in the late nineteenth century. This fascination continued in the 1940s, when artists investigated the properties of Plexiglas, and in the 1960s, when designers combined acrylic with precious metals such as gold. By the 1980s, some jewelers defied the notion of plastic as a mass-produced industrial material by using time-intensive techniques and hand labor to form plastic jewelry. Cara Croninger first cast her bracelet from polyester resin, then hand-finished and carved the piece to create a bold, luminous sculptural form.

Inscription

scratched interior: "1983/ (illegible signature)"

Provenance

Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.