S-curve brooch with stickpin

American
1996
Barbara Berk (American, born in 1951)


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.2 x 5 x 2.5 cm (2 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

2007.569a-b

Medium or Technique

Gold (18kt) and carved citrine

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

This highly-sculptural brooch is made of woven gold. It was fabricated by weaving gold sheet and wire by hand, off loom, in an “over 1, under 1” plain weave pattern. It attaches to a garment by means of a gold stickpin topped with a 14.20-carat, carved Brazilian citrine by Sherris Cottier Shank of Southfield, Michigan. The high polish of the gold enlivens the subtle golden yellow of the stone, whose carved, undulating configurations add movement to the organic piece.

Provenance

This brooch was purchased by Elyse Zorn Karlin (past president of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and the editor of Adornment magazine) from the artist for the museum's collection; Gift to MFA June 27, 2007

Credit Line

Gift of Elyse Zorn Karlin

Copyright

© Barbara M. Berk 1992-1998