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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Jewelry: Allegory

Eugenie Keefer Bell
silver and titanium
2 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 1/2 in. (7.0 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund

Eugenie Keefer Bell made Allegory while she was a graduate student at San Diego State University. She employed the anodizing process, using electrical current to coat the titanium with an oxide to give this piece its blue-and-white cloud effect. This brooch, which resembles a bird or a spacecraft against the sky, might be an “allegory” of flight.

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