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Necklace #1057

1988 Earl Pardon Born: Memphis, Tennessee 1926 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1991 sterling silver, 14k gold, ebony, ivory, enamel, mother of pearl, ruby, garnet, blue topaz, rhodolite, amethyst, and spinel 17 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/8 in. (43.8 x 2.9 x .3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program 1991.136 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B


Luce Center Quote

“I treat jewelry like I would a painting. They are color statements more than anything else.” Artist quoted in Earl Pardon: Joy in the Making, 1998

Luce Center Label

Earl Pardon often incorporated iridescent mother-of-pearl into his abstract mosaics of gold, silver, enamel, and colored gemstones on sterling silver plaques. Concerned with the way a piece fits the body, Pardon ensured that the necklace’s parts were hinged for adjustability and freedom of movement.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

ivory

metal - gold

metal - silver

wood - ebony

About Earl Pardon

Born: Memphis, Tennessee 1926 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1991

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