Created by
Smith, Art, American, 1917 - 1982
Date
ca. 1949
Medium
brass (alloy)
Dimensions
Archives: 7.8Feet (0.1Meters)
H x W x D (unfinished three-hole wrist cuff): 3 1/8 × 5 7/8 × 5/16 in. (8 × 15 × 0.8 cm)
Caption
This unfinished cuff is an example of an Art Smith design mid-production process. The brass plate has been cut according to a three hole design pattern. The four pencil drawn lines, two on either side of the holes, most likely were used to determine the placement of the holes. The brass piece is ready to be shaped, finished and polished into a wearable bracelet. According to Smith's partner, Charles L. Russell, this design preceded and was the basic model for the "Three Hole" cuff.
Description
An unfinished brass wrist cuff with scalloped edges and three teardrop-shaped holes. There is an additional scallop edge cut into the center of the piece. This central scallop takes up about three quarters of the piece. The teardrop-shaped holes have a star-burst pattern radiating outwards from the holes. There are four straight lines drawn in graphite on either side of the holes. The sunburst motif does not continue on the holes of the verso. The artist's mark [Art Smith] has been imprinted into the lower edge of the verso.
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Art Smith Archive
Classification
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Type
metalwork
cuffs (costume components)
Topic
Art
Craftsmanship
Design
Fashion
Ornamentation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Russell
Object number
A2018.110.1.2
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Art Smith
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd546fab7e1-7c94-4af9-9bc5-050e8b3f7be0
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