Arline Fisch - Design New York Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Margret Craver, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Catalogue Essay

    Arline Fisch rose to stardom in the world of jewelry and metalsmithing in the 1970s with her radical designs for body ornament, which range from full-body scale armor-like adornments and ornamentation for heads and eyes, down to smaller scale brooches, collars and bracelets. She was instrumental in pioneering the introduction of weaving techniques to jewelry, knitting and crocheting wire metals into fabric-like forms for personal adornment. The use of textile structures, according to Fisch, allowed her to “produce pliable planes which conform readily to the human form, and which have a softness and warmth not always possible in metal.”

    The present bracelet, exemplary of this technique, was in the personal collection of fellow jewelry designer Margret Craver, a pivotal figure in modernist studio jewelry for reintroducing the technique of en résille enamel in metalwork.

    Among the most influential artists of the studio jewelry movement credited with the revitalization of jewelry as a contemporary art form, Fisch was declared a Living Treasure by the state of California. Her designs are held in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



Crocheted copper wire.
2 in. (5.1 cm) diameter, 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm) unextended

$1,200 - 1,800 

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New York Auction 29 July 2020