Necklace

  • Earl Pardon, Necklace, ca. 1976, 14K gold, ivory, coral, jasper and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eugene Kaplan in memory of Pearl Rappaport Kaplan, a Renwick Gallery docent from 1981 to 1991 and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1992.6

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Earl Pardon’s Necklace integrates fine art and jewelry. In the 1970s he turned away from enamel in his jewelry making and began to assemble gold, ivory, coral, jasper, and painted wood into abstract collages. He saw jewelry as portable art and felt that it was as important as painting or sculpture despite its smaller scale. Inspired by African tribal dance figures and composed of several parts, each designed to move independently, Necklace responds to the slightest movement of the wearer.

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“Surprise, I believe, is of primary importance. It is the ingredient most sought after; the driving force in the act of investigation; it is the sense of wonderment; the nourishment that perpetuates present and future efforts.” Artist quoted in Earl Pardon, Aaron Faber Gallery

Title
Necklace
Artist
Date
ca. 1976
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
13 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 3/8 in. (35.1 x 4.6 x 0.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Eugene Kaplan in memory of Pearl Rappaport Kaplan, a Renwick Gallery docent from 1981 to 1991 and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
14K gold, ivory, coral, jasper and painted wood
Classifications
Object Number
1992.6
Palette
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