Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"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.
Purchased from the artist

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008.

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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