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Modern Cuff

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Modern Cuff

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Arthur "Art" Smith (American, 1917-1982), designer and maker

Date

ca. 1948

Medium

Sterling silver

Accession #

2015.184

Dimensions

1 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 4 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 421

Description

Modern Cuff by one of America’s foremost Studio Craft jewelers Art Smith utilizes a compelling combination of modernist and primitive influences, usage of negative space, dynamic scale, and strong linearity. Smith typically avoided expensive materials traditionally used in jewelry-making in favor of lesser materials, such as copper, brass, and aluminum; this piece made of sterling silver is a rarity.

Jewelers saw Studio Craft as a broader movement to promote artistic handcraft as an alternative way of making things in the machine age. The early modernist jewelry designers created vibrant and fresh pieces where form, workmanship, and aesthetic ideals were more important than intrinsic materials.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment

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