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Four Silver and Enamel Pendants, Lowell Nesbitt

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Fine Jewelry - 2610B
Date / Time :
September 11, 2012 10:00AM


Four Silver and Enamel Pendants, Lowell Nesbitt, each dated 1975 and depicting a tulip, lg. 3 in., one no. 009 with incised L.N initials to the reverse.

Note: Born in Baltimore, Lowell Nesbitt (1933-1993) graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His 1964 at a show at the Corcoran introduced the bold, botanical works for which he would become famous. His work is included in a wide number of museum, school, and government collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and the National Collection of the Fine Arts: The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Note: Property from the Estate of Joan Sonnabend, lots 260-402.
Joan Sonnabend opened her tiny gallery at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1973. She started with a 100-piece collection of "sculptures to wear". Included in the pins, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, were works by such artists as Man Ray, Pol Bury, Picasso, Arp, and Calder. She was never a jeweler, but an art dealer. From the time she graduated Sarah Lawrence with an art degree, she always knew she wanted to open a gallery. After opening Sculpture to Wear, many artists sought her out to create items for the gallery. She became friendly with many of them, and maintained these relationships for many years. In 1973, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, mounted a show called "Jewelry As Sculpture as Jewelry." The intent of the show was to elevate body ornament to the level of art. It showcased artists and jewelers who were especially interested in using various and unconventional materials. Joan Sonnabend's gallery at the Plaza was in part responsible for the exhibition and the creation of a market for artists' jewelry. For me personally, Joan opened my eyes to the interplay between jewelry, sculpture, adornment, and art. She always believed in the power of art and remained an art dealer until her passing.

Estimate $150-250


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