Ideogram Brooch/Pendant with Two Striped and Wrapped Cats

  • Colette, Ideogram Brooch/Pendant with Two Striped and Wrapped Cats, 1989, fabricated 14k and 24k gold, fine and sterling silver, cloisonne enamel, and baroque Tahitian pearl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1989, Colette, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1991.149.2

Luce Center Label

Colette created the Ideogram series after recovering from a dangerous case of meningitis. An ideogram expresses an idea with a symbol instead of a word, and in this series the symbols refer to the impairment the artist experienced while she was ill. The deep red of the bracelet, in particular, symbolizes the pain she endured through this episode. For the artist, the animals in both pieces represent “unwitting observers of, testimonials to, our condition.”

Title
Ideogram Brooch/Pendant with Two Striped and Wrapped Cats
Artist
Date
1989
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 x 3 1/8 x 1/2 in. (5.2 x 8.0 x 1.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

Mediums
Mediums Description
fabricated 14k and 24k gold, fine and sterling silver, cloisonne enamel, and baroque Tahitian pearl
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – phenomenon – surreal
  • Animal – cat
Object Number
1991.149.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1990
fabricated 14k, 18k, and 24k gold, fine and sterling silver, cloisonne enamel, ruby, Indian moonstone, and rubellite

More Artworks from the Collection

1978
sterling silver, bronze, gold, mokume-gane disc, turquoise
1988
sterling silver, 14k gold, ebony, ivory, enamel, mother of pearl, ruby, garnet, blue topaz, rhodolite, amethyst, and spinel
1978
fine and sterling silver, 18k and 24k gold, and lacquered copper
1972
sterling silver, 14k gold, ivory, bone, copper, amber, and ebony