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Drinking Beaker

1992 Pat Flynn Born: Erie, Pennsylvania 1954 gold, 24k gold plate, pewter, and sterling silver 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (9.5 x 7.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance © 1992, Pat Flynn 1994.19.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


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Neither strictly useful nor untouchably precious, these four beakers show Pat Flynn's fondness for playing with different materials and expectations. The dark coloring and "worked" surfaces emphasize the strength and durability of the pewter, which forms a kind of protective embrace for the luminous gold that lines the inside of the beakers. The sterling silver loops tied like wire or string around the rims evoke the workaday world in which Flynn was raised.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - pewter

metal - silver

About Pat Flynn

Born: Erie, Pennsylvania 1954

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