Brooch

1948–51


Object Place: Alfred or Nyack, New York, or Durham, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 8.3 x 6.4 cm (3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2001.259

Medium or Technique

Silver, ebony

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

The brooch is formed from thick silver wire of rectangular cross section, which was beaten from rounded wire. It is twisted into an irregular, four-lobed shape. Thinner wires, also of rectangular cross section, are twisted around members of the outer frame and form an asymmetrical grid in the inner space. Two carved pieces of ebony are attached in this wirework: an edged, oval bead in the inner space and an oblong, free-standing piece secured by a single silver rivet. A needle and lock, attached to the backside, allows the wearing of the brooch. Some patination was left visible in keeping with the artist’s intent.

Markings

Marked "P" and "STERLING" on reverse.

Provenance

Decanter (2001.258a-b) and brooch remained in artist's possession since the time that they were made until their gift to the Museum in 2001.

Credit Line

The Living New England Artist Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.