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1952 Carlyle H. Smith Born: Torrington, Connecticut 1912 Died: Pittsburg, Kansas 2004 reticulated sterling silver and lapis lazuli 2 x 2 x 3/8 in. (5.1 x 5.1 x .8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carlyle H. Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas 1984.75 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“I have no particular set style. Ideas keep coming from everywhere. I see something and I can always find a piece of jewelry in it.” Carlyle Smith quoted in “Professor Emeritus Carlyle Smith Exhibits Work,” University of Kansas Web site, 2003

Luce Center Label

In this brooch, Carlyle H. Smith juxtaposed smooth discs of silver and lapis lazuli against a wrinkled silver setting. He used the reticulation process to create the fluid relief pattern on the background surface. Reticulation involves the fusing or melting of a metal, usually silver, to create texture.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

stone - lapis lazuli

About Carlyle H. Smith

Born: Torrington, Connecticut 1912 Died: Pittsburg, Kansas 2004