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Ring, 1981

This is a Ring. It was designed by Giampaolo Babetto. It is dated 1981 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Babetto uses combinations of parallelograms to create dynamic counterpoints between closed and open structure in this ring, accentuated by the play of light on its angled, textured gold surfaces.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Ring, 1950s
  • silver, onyx.
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eitel Groeschke in memory of Pauline and Frank Rebajes.
  • 1990-138-7
  • Ring
  • Overall: 2.5 x 2.5 x 4 cm (1 x 1 x 1 9/16 in.).
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1997-39-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 2.5 × 4 × 4 cm (1 in. × 1 9/16 in. × 1 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On interior face, 'BABETT' 'O' on adjacent face to read O - ?PD or KD'

Cite this object as

Ring, 1981; Designed by Giampaolo Babetto (Italian, b. 1947); gold; H x W x D: 2.5 × 4 × 4 cm (1 in. × 1 9/16 in. × 1 9/16 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-3

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