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"The Third Fake Maharajah" Brooch

Designer:
William Harper (American, born Bucyrus, Ohio, 1944)
Date:
1986
Medium:
14K gold, 24K gold, gold cloisonné enamel on silver and gold, sterling silver, citrine, tourmaline, pearl, mirror, and plastic
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 x W. 4 1/4 in. (8.9 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Donna Schneier, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.384.20
Not on view
William Harper resurrected the medieval technique of cloisonné enamel that had captivated such turn-of-the-twentieth-century artist-designers as René Lalique, C. R. Ashbee, and Alexander Fisher. Like the Arts and Crafts artisans before him, Harper revels in combinations of color-rich materials. He is a master goldsmith whose techniques have the refinement of tradition, while his inspiration often derives from magic, mystery, African art, and Islamic design.
the designer (from 1986; sold to Schneier); Donna Schneier, New York (until 2007; her gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection," May 13–August 31, 2014, not in catalogue.

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