The work of Mid-Century silversmith Ronald Hayes Pearson work is included in major collections at the Smithsonian Institute, the American Craft Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and many other noted museums. This unique necklace is the perfect example of why Pearson is so celebrated, and his rare work so sought after.
The pendant features a modernist raised design over a darkened oxidized background. The pendant is arched, making it three dimensional. The pendant measures 2.5" long and just under 1" wide. It stands 3/8" tall. The integrated chain, which appears to be original, has a barrel clasp and measures 26" long. Marked on pendant "Sterling, Pearson." Excellent condition.
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection: "Ronald Pearson’s early use of the casting technique... allowed him greater freedom to experiment with texture and complex forms than did hammering directly on the metal... In the 1950s... Pearson’s work tended toward organic, flowing forms that evoke eroded rocks, wasps’ nests, and plants."