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ca. 1948 Ronald Hayes Pearson Born: New York, New York 1924 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 1996 silver with beach stone 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 3/4 in. (3.9 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joan Watkins 1993.78.1 Not currently on view

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Ronald Pearson created these earrings from silver and beach stones, reflecting his love of marine life and sailing. The unusual settings for the beach stones resemble the fins of a shark, while the stone itself appears to form a body. The protrusions emerging from the brooch resemble the legs of a crustacean. The son of a dedicated seaman, Pearson served as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines during the Second World War and maintained sailing as a favorite pastime throughout his life.


decorative arts - jewelry

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