Radius Square Box

  • Stuart Golder, Radius Square Box, 1977, sterling silver, 18k gold, and velvet, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Paul and Carole Garrison, 2000.41.9, © 1970-78, Stuart Golder

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These fifteen miniature containers (see 2000.41.1 to 2000.41.15) are part of a series of twenty-eight boxes that Stuart Golder created from 1970 to 1978, each one unique and no more than an inch in size. His technique involved bending the sheet metal, while other parts were formed, sawed, filed, shaped to fit, and soldered. He completed the surface finish by filing, sanding, and mirror polishing with an electric buffer, and he crafted the hinges and catches by hand. Many people asked him why he spent eight years on this project. He replied, "the preciousness of the form and the ability to hold a small universe in one's hands always intrigued me." Many of Stuart Golder's tiny boxes contain rich interiors. This piece opens to reveal a soft, black velvet lining.
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"From an early age I was exposed to my parent's collection of snuff bottles and boxes composed of a variety of materials." Artist's statement
Radius Square Box
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3/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (0.9 x 2.7 x 2.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Paul and Carole Garrison

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sterling silver, 18k gold, and velvet
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