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Hot Bed Brooch And Case

This is a Brooch and Case. It was designed by Kiff Slemmons and made by Bruce Metcalf. It is dated 2006 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is silver, carved wood fragment, coral (brooch); handmade paper (box). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This brooch is part of a series in which Slemmons “repaired” or finished the incomplete work of other jewelers whose work she admired. Here, Slemmons placed Bruce Metcalf’s carved emaciated and faceless figure on a silver nest with coral flames to evoke “a hotbed of ideas.”

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

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (Brooch): 11.2 × 6.4 × 2.5 cm (4 7/16 in. × 2 1/2 in. × 1 in.) H x W x D (Box opened): 7.5 × 32.6 × 22 cm (2 15/16 × 12 13/16 × 8 11/16 in.) H x W x D (Box closed): 6 × 16 × 20 cm (2 3/8 × 6 5/16 × 7 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

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Cite this object as

Hot Bed Brooch And Case; Designed by Kiff Slemmons (American, b. 1944); silver, carved wood fragment, coral (brooch); handmade paper (box); H x W x D (Brooch): 11.2 × 6.4 × 2.5 cm (4 7/16 in. × 2 1/2 in. × 1 in.) H x W x D (Box opened): 7.5 × 32.6 × 22 cm (2 15/16 × 12 13/16 × 8 11/16 in.) H x W x D (Box closed): 6 × 16 × 20 cm (2 3/8 × 6 5/16 × 7 7/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-72-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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