Pentimenti #1: The Golden Fleece | William Harper

Pentimenti #1: The Golden Fleece

1987
enamel on fine silver and
fine gold, 14k gold, 24k gold,
sterling silver, peridot,
moonstone, pearl, plastic,
and mirror; cloisonne
15 x 7 x 1 cm (6 x 3 x 1 in.)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

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William Harper creates objects of startling originality. This brooch, created from such disparate and contrasting materials as 24k gold and plastic, is intended for self-adornment, yet it invokes the power and mystery of ritual amulets. A colorist and master of cloisonne enameling technique, Harper uses imagery inspired by the art and design of various cultures, from the intricate complexity of Persian miniatures and rugs to the spirit and magic of African assemblage sculpture.

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. . . a master of the cloisonne technique . . . he's known for his use of unusual materials such as . . . automobile plastic tail lights . . . --Michael Monroe

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