Feast Bracelet

  • Richard Mawdsley, Feast Bracelet, 1974, sterling silver, jade, and pearls, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Lloyd E. Herman, director emeritus, Renwick Gallery, 1983.52

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Richard Mawdsley states that he likes jewelry because “fantasy comes off better on this scale.” Feast Bracelet is a miniature version of an extravagant dining spread, including fruit, silverware, and drinking chalices. Mawdsley based many of the objects in this piece on historical metalworks he saw in photographs and in museum collections. The feast-laden table also refers to seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings. Creating a “feast for the eyes,” Mawdsley probably intended this piece as an homage to masterpieces of painting and metalwork.

Title
Feast Bracelet
Artist
Date
1974
On View
Dimensions
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (9.6 x 7.0 x 11.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance in honor of Lloyd E. Herman, director emeritus, Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver, jade, and pearls
Classifications
Keywords
  • Still life – other – dish
  • Still life – other – flatware
  • Still life – foodstuff – pie
  • Still life – vegetable – artichoke
  • Still life – foodstuff – beverage
Object Number
1983.52
Palette
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