"Lava" bracelet

about 1946
Art Smith (American, born in Cuba, 1917–1982)


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

Overall: 14.6 x 7 x 5.1 cm (5 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.532

Medium or Technique

Copper, brass

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

Large cuff bracelet constructed with two biomorphic shapes, each cut from flat copper and brass sheets, with the smaller brass soldered on top of the larger copper form


The Lava bracelet, among his Smith’s earliest jewelry designs, reflected the influence of Surrealist art in its dreamlike, organic forms.

Markings

"Art Smith" stamped on inside

Provenance

Gansevoort Gallery; Daphne Farago, January 23, 1999 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.