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Sea Fan Brooch

This is a Brooch. It was designed by Harold O'Connor. It is dated 1992 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is fabricated, roller-printed, and granulated silver and gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This brooch is part of a series influenced by walks along the beaches of New Zealand where O’Connor gathered found items for his jewelry. The title of the piece comes from the image of the coral fan on the metal surface created by the process of roller printing.

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: 4.5 × 6.5 × 0.5 cm (1 3/4 × 2 9/16 × 3/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse, stamped square. Stamped outside of square copyright c/cipher/925S. Also stamped, group of numbers. Applied gold rectangle, inside stamped 2077/copyright c 750/925S. Unknown cipher possibly conjoined 'H'

Cite this object as

Sea Fan Brooch; Designed by Harold O'Connor (American, b. 1941); fabricated, roller-printed, and granulated silver and gold; H x W x D: 4.5 × 6.5 × 0.5 cm (1 3/4 × 2 9/16 × 3/16 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-79

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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