May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014

Snail Necklace-Pin (Snail Pin)

Snail Necklace-Pin (Snail Pin)


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John Paul Miller

(American, 1918-2013)

Gold and enamel

Pendant: 6.1 x 2.6 cm (2 3/8 x 1 in.); Chain: 36.9 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Silver Jubilee Treasure Fund 1956.113.a



Artist John Paul Miller demonstrates a mastery of metalworking techniques in this snail pendant brooch. Miller often used a technique he rediscovered in the early 1950s whereby gold granulation was applied to the surface to decorate the snail’s body and antennae, while multicolored enameling enlivens its shell.

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