Neckpiece

  • Frances Jenkins Pickens, Neckpiece, 1978, sterling silver, 10k gold, pearls, and garnets, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Anne Wall Thomas in honor of Frances and Alex Pickens, 1998.69

In Neckpiece, Frances Pickens seeks to integrate the visual language of diverse cultures, the natural world, and her inner emotions into her sculptural jewelry. Reminiscent of an archaeological artifact, the colorful, jagged pendant implies a human presence and a passage of time that contrasts sharply with the smooth, cold, polished metal of the neckpiece.

Generally silver and copper are my favorites and my favorite technique as a general group would be called fabrication, which involves forging, bending, sawing, hammering, soldering, building the metal.” Artist, interviewed in Honolulu Academy of the Arts Calendar News, November 1991

Title
Neckpiece
Artist
Date
1978
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
10 346 581 18 in. (27.316.82.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Anne Wall Thomas in honor of Frances and Alex Pickens

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver, 10k gold, pearls, and garnets
Classifications
Object Number
1998.69
Palette
Linked Open Data
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