Ginkgo Brooch

  • Jim Kelso, Ginkgo Brooch, 2002, moonstone, gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 2003.11

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A ginko tree in the Smithsonian Castle courtyard inspired Jim Kelso’s Ginko Brooch. He carefully carved the horn to make sure that it would remain strong, yet still convey the lightness and delicacy of the ginko leaf. He drew on his knowledge of Japanese design principles and his admiration of René Lalique’s gold and carved horn jewelry to come up with the design. Although Kelso admits that “the result is nearly a botanical study,” his goal was not accuracy, but to convey his impression of “ginkoness.” (Jim Kelso, Certificate of Origin)

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“I am continually awe stricken by the ineffable beauty of nature.” Jim Kelso, Metalsmith 1994 Exhibition in Print, 1994

Title
Ginkgo Brooch
Artists
Date
2002
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 5/8 × 2 × 1/2 in. (6.6 × 5.2 × 1.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – foliage – ginkgo
Object Number
2003.11
Palette
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