Necklace

  • Linda MacNeil, Necklace, 1979, glass and 14k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Vera and Robert Loeffler, 1981.73

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Necklace is an example of Linda MacNeil's jewelry that incorporates opaque glass and metal, where the metal is both a connecting device and an integral part of the design. MacNeil's father was a machinist, and as a child she spent a great deal of time in his shop. Industrial materials influenced this necklace, which is made up of metal springs and tubelike glass pieces. The composition seems playful and spontaneous, but in fact MacNeil carefully considers the relationships among every element in her work.

Luce Object Quote
"Reflecting our times, I use technology, geometry, simplicity, mechanisms, and methods of fabrication as sources for my ideas." Linda MacNeil in Metalsmith, Summer 1996
Title
Necklace
Artist
Date
1979
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/8 x 19 5/8 x 3/8 in. (5.3 x 50.0 x 1.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Vera and Robert Loeffler

Mediums
Mediums Description
glass and 14k gold
Classifications
Object Number
1981.73
Palette
Linked Open Data
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