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Silver Bracelet with Nest and Three Brass Eggs and Large Turquoise Stone

1948 Bob Winston Born: Long Beach, California 1915 Died: Pleasant Hill, California 2003 silver, brass and turquoise 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 4 in. (6.4 x 8.9 x 10.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Bob and Janedare Winston 2002.61.1 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“You can’t imagine anything, build up anything, design anything unless you’ve read it or experienced it in your life.” Bob Winston, quoted in The Times (San Francisco), December 6, 1997

Luce Center Label

The intricate “carving” of this bracelet was actually achieved using the lost-wax casting technique. Bob Winston first sculpted wax forms inspired by nature to make molds. He then poured molten metal into the mold and allowed it to cool, creating a metal form. The realistic eggs, gnarled tree limbs, and crude turquoise in this piece show Winston’s interest in depicting nature.

Keywords

Object - foodstuff - egg

Object - other - birdhouse

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

About Bob Winston

Born: Long Beach, California 1915 Died: Pleasant Hill, California 2003

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