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Necklace

1954 Ronald Hayes Pearson Born: New York, New York 1924 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 1996 cast sterling silver 17 1/8 x 1/2 x 1/4 in. (43.5 x 1.3 x .6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1995.6 Not currently on view


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Necklace typifies Ronald Pearson’s early use of the casting technique, which allowed him greater freedom to experiment with texture and complex forms than did hammering directly on the metal. In this piece, he left the interior rough to contrast with the polished edges and outer surfaces. In the 1950s, when Necklace was created, Pearson’s work tended toward organic, flowing forms that evoke eroded rocks, wasps’ nests, and plants.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver