This vintage pin / pendant is of the high-quality design and crafting you'd find in the collection of a gallery or museum.
It was made by Nina Mann and is signed by hand in script on the back. It's made of 925 sterling silver and 24K gold.
This pin - pendant reflects Mann's work as being very much about the metal itself, particularly its malleability and form. The metal is transformed through several processes of fusing, rolling, reticulation and manipulation until it's changed from raw material into an object of beauty. It possesses its own magical presence. Nina Mann’s jewelry is unique, extremely wearable, balanced, and beautifully presented.
Pin measures 1 1/4 inches across by 3 1/2 inches high. It weighs 12.1 grams. It looks like an abstract figure, possibly inspired by the ancient Korean process of Keum-bo which is one of Mann's favorite age-old techniques. This process is intricate and labor intensive yet its simple beauty is noticeably unlike anything else you see.
The back has both a secure rollover clasp and an attached double loop for a chain so this can be worn as a pendant.
Excellent vintage condition.
Some more history on this artist - Nina Mann began her journey as an artist as a young child when her parents took her to a museum to see the Egyptian exhibit of Tuthankamen. She was fascinated by the intricate carvings and metal work and decided that someday she would create something just as beautiful. Mann went on to study drawing and painting, then delved into metalsmithing as her preferred form of creative expression. A deep love of history and archaeology provide the inspiration for her work. She's thrilled when a client remarks that her work resonates with forms and textures found in ancient cultures.
Mann is enmeshed in learning about Southwest American ancient civilizations. She works with precious metals in age-old techniques that are inspired by an Eastern aesthetic. She is devoted to the ancient Korean process of *Keum-bo*, a process that is intricate and labor intensive. Silver is rendered nearly pure; then thin gold sheet is slowly fused with a torch to the silver. No solder is used during this delicate process.
Nina Mann’s work in precious metals has benefited over many years from her experiences of studying with masters in their fields. When she began working in gold, she enrolled at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Working alongside Thomas Madden, she perfected her fabrication and casting skills. She has participated in workshops with Betty Helen Longhi, Tom Muir, So Young Park, Julia Woodman, and many others. In addition, she has also taught workshops in the ancient form of Keum-Bo. Ms. Mann has dedicated herself to the art of jewelry making, painstakingly perfecting all aspects of her craft.
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Modernist Nina Mann 925 Silver - 24K Gold Pin Brooch Pendant
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