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Necklace (Norway)

This is a Necklace. It was designed by Tone Vigeland. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is steel, gold, silver, mother-of-pearl. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Norwegian artist Vigeland, who started her own workshop in 1962, produces jewelry and metal-based clothing. This ruff-like necklace is composed of a silver chainmail form covered by overlapping rows of steel nails, flattened to give them the appearance of feathers. The hammered nails are overlapped by a row of gold pendants, also fastened to the underlying chainmail. The clasp is covered by gold-fitted mother-of-pearl, lending the hardware store-bought nails further elegance.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled No Breeze Will Ruffle These Feathers.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment.

  • Hair Ornament (China)
  • kingfisher feathers, lacquer, silk-covered wire.
  • Gift of William Dangaix Allen.
  • 1939-73-11
  • Necklace
  • glass, bent, flattened, and welded copper wire, leather.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-28

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-101
  • Ojo de Agua Necklace
  • handmade paper.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-100
  • Hot Bed Brooch And Case
  • silver, carved wood fragment, coral (brooch); handmade paper (box).
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-72-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W (clasped): 21 × 23 cm (8 1/4 × 9 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Necklace (Norway); Designed by Tone Vigeland (Norwegian, b. 1938); steel, gold, silver, mother-of-pearl; H x W (clasped): 21 × 23 cm (8 1/4 × 9 1/16 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment; 1984-83-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rebeca Méndez Selects.

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