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Vase Vase, Designed ca 1997; Executed, 2000-2001

This is a vase. It was designed by Michael Izrael Galmer. It is dated Designed ca 1997; Executed, 2000-2001 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is silver, gold, amber, garnet, blue paua abalone shell. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Galmer combines traditional skills and a depp understanding of materials and modern production. Trained in engineering in the USSR, he took up silversmithing in the US. After carefully observing nature and materials, he creates concept drawings, and chooses one to provide and expand with details. He then makes molds and models to further develop his ideas. When this cast-silver vase came out of the final mold, Galmer gilded and finished it with applied bees set with amber, garnet, and shell, providing color and dynamism.

This object was donated by Michael Izrael Galmer. It is credited Gift of Michael Izrael Galmer.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 27.2 × 18.4 cm (10 11/16 × 7 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Underside of base, machine pressed maker’s marks within an oval reserve [1] “GALMER” [2] “NEW YORK” [3] “925 STERLING SILVER”

Cite this object as

Vase Vase, Designed ca 1997; Executed, 2000-2001; Designed by Michael Izrael Galmer (American, b. Soviet Union, 1947); silver, gold, amber, garnet, blue paua abalone shell; H x diam.: 27.2 × 18.4 cm (10 11/16 × 7 1/4 in.); Gift of Michael Izrael Galmer; 2015-38-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making | Breaking: New Arrivals.

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