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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 10-09-2010 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most studio jewelry is based on abstract, geometric, or nature motifs. Nature-related decoration may be lifelike or stylized, and frequently uses themes such as animals, people, flowers, and leaves.

However, a few jewelers also create pieces with lifelike inanimate objects as models. Here's an unsigned umbrella with a dangling raindrop:

It's not a monumental work of art, but it is handmade, with a gently hammered surface and chased details, and the drop gives it a charming touch. Just the thing to draw smiles on a grey wet day.

A Polish jeweler, Lucyna Nieniewscy, created these lifelike sterling pocket-form or coin-purse pins, one open:

and the other closed:

His name appears stamped at the bottom of the front and scratched in to the back:

The pieces are extremely detailed -- apart from the lifelike wrinkles, texture, and stitching, the outline of a coin is visible inside the fabric. As a humorous touch, the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" appears reversed on the back as if pressed through the silver.

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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 10-09-2010 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our favorite lifelike inanimate pin is also probably European, in the form of a suitcase filled with very dimensional scattered high-heel shoes:



The maker is unknown to us:

It's not the kind of jewelry worn to the opera or to meet a head of state, but it definitely has an attitude and makes a statement.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 10-10-2010 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi!

Just love the suitcase pin. Can you please tell me what letters are in the mark, & what would you call the shape it is within, ie; hexagon or whatever (I know it is not that).

Thanks

Jersey

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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 10-10-2010 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like a backwards "K" next to a "P" inside an octagon.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2010 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you!

I'll keep looking!

Jersey

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 10-12-2010 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suspect the suitcase pin is Russian or Eastern European. The maker's mark is possibly Cyrillic.

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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 04-23-2012 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hungry? Here's one more lifelike, representational pin in the form of a Sushi tray:


It's silver and enamel, and very dimensional.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-23-2012 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's great!. The roe & shrimp look real.

Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration .... now I know what I want for dinner. smile

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chicagosilver

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2014 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After some research it looks like the suitcase pin full of shoes was done by Krzysztof Piotrowski

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-03-2016 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This very realistic cheese brooch was made by the sculptor and jeweler William L. Clark in 1977. I have not found a lot of information about him. He was born in St Louis in 1942 and died in Berkeley in 2008. It seems that most of his pieces had more political overtones than this example (unless I'm missing something). There is one of his pieces in the Museum of Arts & Design in NY and a handful in the Oakland Museum. He was the subject of an exhibition at the Velvet da Vinci gallery in SF but that site no longer has any information about Clark.

It is made of carved resin with a silver pin stem & catch on the back and is life size, about 4 1/2" by 2 1/2".

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice cheese!

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