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"Half & Half" Necklace

Decorative Arts

DATES designed by 1948
DIMENSIONS 6 11/16 x 7 9/16 x 7/8 in. (17 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Art Smith and STERLING stamped on the back of the necklace.
INSCRIPTIONS "5" written in ink on verso.
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mark McDonald with thanks to Charles L. Russell
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CAPTION Art Smith (American, 1917-1982). "Half & Half" Necklace, designed by 1948. Silver, 6 11/16 x 7 9/16 x 7/8 in. (17 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mark McDonald with thanks to Charles L. Russell, 2007.59. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 2007.59_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A large, circular collar with positive and negative space. At proper left, a thin, organic, crescent-shaped element has three large perforations: two at top and bottom proper right, and one at top proper left. Two flattened wires loop through each of the perforations at proper right, and are bent into a series of curves. These wires are soldered together at the top to form a clasp with four striations. Another flattened semi-circular wire loops through the perforation at the top proper left of the crescent-shaped element and is then soldered together, connecting to the clasp from behind via a pin.
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