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Feast Bracelet

1974 Richard Mawdsley Born: Winfield, Kansas 1945 sterling silver, jade, and pearls 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (9.6 x 7.0 x 11.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Lloyd E. Herman, director emeritus, Renwick Gallery 1983.52 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 207


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Richard Mawdsley states that he likes jewelry because “fantasy comes off better on this scale.” Feast Bracelet is a miniature version of an extravagant dining spread, including fruit, silverware, and drinking chalices. Mawdsley based many of the objects in this piece on historical metalworks he saw in photographs and in museum collections. The feast-laden table also refers to seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings. Creating a “feast for the eyes,” Mawdsley probably intended this piece as an homage to masterpieces of painting and metalwork.

Keywords

Still life - foodstuff - beverage

Still life - foodstuff - pie

Still life - other - dish

Still life - other - flatware

Still life - vegetable - artichoke

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

stone - pearl

About Richard Mawdsley

Born: Winfield, Kansas 1945

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