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Euphoria Necklace

Artist:
Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan)
Designer:
Memphis Milano
Manufacturer:
ACME Studio, Inc.
Date:
1985
Medium:
Enameled metal, rubber and metal
Dimensions:
7 × 5 7/8 × 1/16 in. (17.8 × 14.9 × 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2017
Accession Number:
2017.104.18
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 3
The Euphoria necklace is part of a collection of jewelry designed for Memphis. The collection debuted at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in 1986 along with other Memphis works. This necklace embodies the colorful, playful aesthetic unique to the group, with semiotic allusions to Egyptian amuletic jewelry rendered in more common, inexpensive materials. In his essay "Disegno magico" (Magic Design), Sottsass writes about transferring the magic properties that ancient peoples invested in their objects into his own abstractions.
Herman Dommisse (until 2002; sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, June 4, 2002, no. 467, sold to Fowler); Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, Stamford, Conn. (2002–17; her gift to MMA)

Monica Khemsurov. "Sighted: Acme Legacy's Archival Memphis Jewelery." SightUnseen.com. March 18, 2015, ill. (color).



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