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David Webb Coral Fish

$360,000

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David Webb, a designer known for his ability to take the mundane into something extraordinary, made this one of a kind figure of a fish with a coral base and natural pearl body. This is one of the most important objects made by David Webb as it was made under his vision in 1967 as dated under it. It was exhibited in the Norton Museum for the David Webb Retrospective exhibition and is also depicted in the David Webb book. A one in a lifetime opportunity to buy a historic objet d'art that epitomizes David Webb's iconoclast vision Depicted in full page spread in the "The History of Jewelry: Joseph Saidian and Sons" published by Rizzoli, 2019. Page 77

Details

  • Creator
  • Weight
    809.4 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (203.2 mm)Width: 2.7 in. (68.58 mm)Length: 5 in. (127 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1967
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU73134950131

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About the Designer

David Webb

“Women are tired of jewelry-looking jewelry,” celebrated American designer David Webb once noted. In response, he created a menagerie of whimsical animals rendered as rings, brooches, earrings and, especially, bangle bracelets. This playfulness permeates all Webb’s work, which is characterized by brightly hued enamel and color-saturated semiprecious stones like coral, azurmalachite and turquoise, the notable exception being the clear, elegant rock crystal for which he had an affinity.The North Carolina native apprenticed with his uncle, a silversmith, before moving to New York, where he established David Webb Inc. in 1948. He had no formal training in jewelry design. Instead, he culled inspiration from the ornamental styles of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas, as well as the traditions of India and China — influences discernible in such pieces as his collar necklaces and talisman-like sautoirs. Webb’s first animal bracelet was produced in 1957. His most famous, the zebra, took shape in 1963; its stripes now form the company’s logo. Although Webb died in 1975, his company continues to produce designs drawn from his extensive archives, and every piece is still made in the workshop above its Madison Avenue store.Find an alluring collection of David Webb jewelry on 1stDibs, including earrings, brooches and other accessories.
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