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Neckpiece

1968 Ronald Hayes Pearson Born: New York, New York 1924 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 1996 sterling silver 8 x 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (20.3 x 24.2 x 19.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1993.25 Not currently on view


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“The hammer is our primary tool. In skilled hands, it will shape malleable metal into simple or complex fluid forms. There seems to be no end to what one can achieve and it is the challenge to explore new terrain that makes this work so exciting.” Artist quoted in Advancing the Tradition: An Exhibition of Ten Artistic Viewpoints, Portland Museum of Art

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Neckpiece represents Ronald Pearson’s preference for hammering directly on unheated metal to fashion his designs. He used a pair of large spirals to punctuate each end of an elegant line, contoured to rest comfortably on the shoulders. The artist rarely used stones or other colored elements, focusing instead on the smooth, polished metal. The spirals typify the “crisp fluidity of forms” for which Pearson is known and symbolize infinity, eternity, and energy.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

About Ronald Hayes Pearson

Born: New York, New York 1924 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 1996

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