gold

Ingenious Solutions: Irena Brynner's "Wrap Around" Earrings


Born in 1917 in the remote Russian town of Vladivostak, Irena Brynner was raised in a tightly knit two family household. However, the families were dispersed in 1928 due to political upheaval that forced Brynner and her parents to relocate to Manchuria.[1] Brynner left Manchuria to study painting and sculpture in Lausanne, Switzerland but returned to her family in 1939.
Irena Brynner, jewelry, earrigns, gold

Festive Foil?


The holiday season brings out the idea at least of festive parties, and, to some, that means putting on fancy clothes and jewelry.  The idea of glittering adornment to dazzle goes back to antiquity and gold has been a constant. However, innovative use of new materials, so popular now, is not new. The choice of materials is ever evolving. 
jewelry, aluminum, gold, Empress Eugenie, Queen Victoria, Crystal Palace, innovation, demi-parure, brooch, earrings

Seductive Holders for Seductive Sweets


This small object has no real comparable in current life, even though we still like sweets.  While small lovely pillboxes might count, those have their own counterparts in the eighteenth century.  We do not normally carry around little boxes of candies in luxurious containers today, even if we are thrilled with special chocolates brought to us at home.  The bonbonnière belongs to a type of object often called an “object of vertu” in which the word vertu means virtuosity.
bonbonniere, sweets, candy, object of vertu, gold, enamel, agate, container

No Breeze Will Ruffle These Feathers


On first glance, this necklace by the Norwegian jeweler and metalwork artist Tone Vigeland, appears to be a luxurious collar made of delicate, lustrous blue-black feathers. It is actually an intricate tour de force in metals, composed of hundreds of steel nails that Vigeland flattened and forged by hand, then meticulously attached one by one to a silver chainmail backing, and embellished with a ring of gold pod-like beads and a simple rose-colored mother-of-pearl clasp.
Tone Vigeland, Norway, jewelry, nails, gold, mother-of-pearl

Velvet with Gold Disks


This sumptuous red velvet with gold disks embodies what we can learn from textiles by looking, comparing, deconstructing, reconstructing, and then interpreting our observations.  Milton Sonday, my predecessor in the Textiles department at the Cooper-Hewitt, is a master of this methodology and has spent years employing it and teaching it to researchers and curators around the world.
textile, velvet, gold, Milton Sonday

When Scents were as Precious as Gold and Wood carving told the Tale: The Adoration of the Magi


"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:11).
wood carving, adoration, Magi, walnut, panel, gold, frankicense, myrrh

All That Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception


gold, gilding, decorative objects, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, costume, jewelry, Glass, leatherwork, needlework, wallpaper

Tiffany Studios: Metalwork and Other Decorative Arts


A comprehensive exhibition of both rare and mass-produced Tiffany metalwork from the late 19th and early 20th century. The 75 objects on display include desk accessories, candlesticks, boxes, jewelry, and lamp bases in gold, silver, bronze, and enamel on copper.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, metalwork, gold, silver, decorative objects, jewelry, exhibitions

Chinese Gold and Silver from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 907) in American Collections


Rare and precious metalwork from China’s Tang Dynasty are on display. This exhibition includes Buddhist statues, vases, ladles, scissors, cosmetic boxes, and jewelry from the 7th to the 10th century.
China, decorative objects, metalwork, gold, silver, jewelry, exhibitions

Treasures from Hungary: Gold and Silver from the 9th–19th Centuries


A thousand years of Hungarian metalwork is on display. The exhibition features items from the Hungarian National Museum and the Esztergom Basilica.
Hungary, gold, silver, metalwork, decorative objects, jewelry, traveling exhibitions

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