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1996 David Ferranti Born: New York, New York 1959 Died: Copenhagen, Denmark 1998 sterling silver, glass and straight pins 2 x 2 x 3/4 in. (5.1 x 5.1 x 1.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor © 1996, David Ferranti 1997.83.1 Not currently on view


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David Ferranti used unlikely materials such as graphite, straight pins, and safety glass in place of precious gemstones. He enclosed these industrial “specimens” in glass cases, making brooches that resemble 35mm slides. The cases prevent the viewer from actually touching the materials and so emphasize the visual properties over the “feel” of the pieces. These brooches also remind us of the “curiosity cabinets” that scientists and collectors created centuries ago.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

glass

metal - silver

About David Ferranti

Born: New York, New York 1959 Died: Copenhagen, Denmark 1998

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