Luce Foundation Center for American Art
sterling silver, 18k gold, and copper
7/8 x 7/8 x 3/4 in. (2.2 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Paul and Carole Garrison
|"From an early age I was exposed to my parent's collection of snuff bottles and boxes composed of a variety of materials." Artist's statement|
These fifteen miniature containers are part of a series of twenty-eight boxes that Stuart Golder created from 1970 to 1978, each one unique and no more than an inch in size. His technique involved bending the sheet metal, while other parts were formed, sawed, filed, shaped to fit, and soldered. He completed the surface finish by filing, sanding, and mirror polishing with an electric buffer, and he crafted the hinges and catches by hand. Many people asked him why he spent eight years on this project. He replied, "the preciousness of the form and the ability to hold a small universe in one's hands always intrigued me."