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1998 Harold O'Connor Born: Utica, New York 1941 silver, 18k gold, river rock, granulation 1 1/8 x 5 x 3/4 in. (2.9 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mobilia Gallery 1998.111.3 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“Any piece of mine is going to have some interesting surfaces. I like to make them what I call ‘user-friendly.’ They never need polishing.” The artist, quoted in Lapidary Journal, November 1996

Luce Center Label

While living in Colorado, Harold O’Connor produced a series of landscape-inspired pieces that employed the ancient techniques of reticulation and granulation. He has combined these two methods into a new technique in this brooch. O’Connor explains that he incorporates stones into his pieces “primarily as an accent” to enhance the metalwork, and often employs river rocks for their beauty rather than their monetary value.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

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