Brooch, Wings, from the Curiosity Collection, 2013
Tolvanen’s brooch defies conventional form and is likely to be read as much as a pair of earrings as it is a brooch. Mother-of-pearl is cut into thin pieces and laid into the separate, symmetric shapes of wings; their delicate nature conveys a feeling of lightness. The mother-of-pearl is layered like feathers into the wood and silver wings. The two shapes connect on the back with a clasp to form the brooch.
It is credited
Courtesy of the Rotasa Collection Trust and Ornamentum Gallery.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 8 × 6 × 3 cm (3 1/8 × 2 3/8 × 1 3/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.