This object is currently on display in room 205 as part of Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection. There are 3 other images of this object. See our image rights statement.

 

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Object Timeline

1987

  • Work on this object began.

2016

2017

Brooch, 1987

This is a brooch. It was designed by Manfred Bischoff. It is dated 1987 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is gold, cut coral. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Manfred Bischoff worked with gold, coral, and jade to produce intricately conceived and precisely wrought sculptural compositions in which he frequently sought to capture the moment when an idea or emotion takes on physical form. This brooch consists of a non-idealized fragment of a female body that suggests Paleolithic fertility figures such as the Venus of Willendorf.

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:

  • Bracelet
  • coral.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-20

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.5 × 4.5 × 1.2 cm (2 9/16 × 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse, 'MB 87' scratched onto surface, back distressed in recesses

Cite this object as

Brooch, 1987; Designed by Manfred Bischoff (German, 1947 - 2015); gold, cut coral; H x W x D: 6.5 × 4.5 × 1.2 cm (2 9/16 × 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-10

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