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Tension and Slate Series Brooch

This is a Brooch. It was designed by Eva Eisler. It is dated 1991 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is silver, slate, cold connections. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This brooch is a planar construct of silver and dark gray stone held together by tension. In Eisler's words, the combination of these materials "in an open configuration of geometrical/architectural forms...enable the wearer to feel [that they are] a part of the contemporary environment."

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 13.7 × 7 × 2.3 cm (5 3/8 × 2 3/4 × 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On Reverse - "EISLER" and "91" etched into reverse

Cite this object as

Tension and Slate Series Brooch; Designed by Eva Eisler (Czech / English, b. Prague, 1952); silver, slate, cold connections; H x W x D: 13.7 × 7 × 2.3 cm (5 3/8 × 2 3/4 × 7/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-25

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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