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Brooch, Wings, from the Curiosity Collection

This is a brooch. It was designed by Terhi Tolvanen.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Rotasa Collection Trust as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2013. Its medium is mother-of-pearl, cement, silver, wood.

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.

  • Earrings (Italy)
  • coral, gold.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-22-a,b

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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.

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