The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann Bruce Barnes, Joseph Cunningham, Deborah Dependahl Waters

Publication date:
21 Feb 2012
Yale University Press
400 pages: 279 x 241mm
517 color + 28 b-w illus.
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A true eclectic in her personal life, her professional pursuits, and her creative expression, Marie Zimmermann has proven an elusive character for historians. But her skill as a designer and prodigious output of extraordinary jewellery and metalwork in the early 20th century have routinely caught people by surprise. At its best, Zimmermann's work is beguiling and exhilarating, exploring a wide range of innovative approaches to pattern, material, and surface. The diversity of her oeuvre, including work in gold, silver, bronze, copper, and iron, is as astonishing as the boldness of the life she led.

This book gathers for the first time the story of Zimmermann's life and work and puts a spotlight on one of the most singular makers of metalwork active in early twentieth-century America. Essays by leading scholars in the decorative arts offer extensive new research on Zimmermann and her work, while more than 500 gorgeous full-colour images show the breadth and novelty of her design practice.<

Deborah Dependahl Waters is an independent decorative arts historian and author of Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City. Joseph Cunningham is director of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and author of The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs. Bruce Barnes is the president and founder of American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation.

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