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Evening Purse, 2014-2015

This is a Evening purse. It was designed by Michael Izrael Galmer. It is dated 2014-2015 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is cast, chased, and electroformed silver, partly gilt silver, and mesh silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In this evening bag featuring a chrysanthemum motif, Galmer mixes new and traditional techniques and materials for a fresh take on a well-established form and decorative theme. After creating concept drawings and a series of models and molds, he hand-chased a silver master form to create the resin mold from which the final product emerges. He then applies gilding and details like the clasp and flexible mesh side panels. He centered the fine chain strap on each side of this bag so it would not hang unevenly.

This object was donated by Michael Izrael Galmer. It is credited Gift of Michael Izrael Galmer.

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

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  • silver.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 11.4 × 14.6 × 5.1 cm (4 1/2 in. × 5 3/4 in. × 2 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped on edge, "GALMER SILVER" in oval

Cite this object as

Evening Purse, 2014-2015; Designed by Michael Izrael Galmer (American, b. Soviet Union, 1947); cast, chased, and electroformed silver, partly gilt silver, and mesh silver; H x W x D: 11.4 × 14.6 × 5.1 cm (4 1/2 in. × 5 3/4 in. × 2 in.); Gift of Michael Izrael Galmer; 2015-38-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.

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