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Ring, ca. 1955

This is a Ring. It was designed by Claire Falkenstein. It is dated ca. 1955 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is folded sheet silver, bent silver wire. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Sculptor Claire Falkenstein was par of the burgeoning post-World War II art scene influenced by European Modernism. She worked with many different processes and media, maintaining a unique and distinctive style across materials. Falkenstein applied her metal-welding skills to enclosing space in dense cage-like and folded wire structures as evidenced in this highly sculptural silver ring reminiscent of curling ribbon.

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

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • N/T 1185 Tiara, 1996
  • silver wire, pearl, mother-of-pearl, smoky quartz, quartz crystal.
  • Museum purchase from Sara Cooper-Hewitt Fund.
  • 1997-43-1
  • Ring, 1950s
  • copper, silver.
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eitel Groeschke in memory of Pauline and Frank Rebajes.
  • 1990-138-6

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 2.4 × 4 × 4.8 cm (15/16 × 1 9/16 × 1 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Various marks including: incomplete STERLING on interior of band to the left and above partial maker's mark. F near edge of flattened wire of band, also partial FALKENSTEIN with FALKEN partially visible and STEIN clearly visible.

Cite this object as

Ring, ca. 1955; Designed by Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908 - 1997); folded sheet silver, bent silver wire; H x W x D: 2.4 × 4 × 4.8 cm (15/16 × 1 9/16 × 1 7/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2017-2-2

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