Enamel Ebony Brooch
Earl Pardon’s circa 1980’s brooch is an exploration of his interest in the late 70’s and early 80’s in organic materials like wood and ivory, and bold, almost calligraphic or brush-stroke forms, like this long curved brooch. The colorful enamel mosaics, each one individually created and assembled in sterling curve towards the inlaid ebony segment, overlaid in part with triangular 14K gold on silver, rhodolite garnet and mother-of-pearl. Pardon’s colorful jewels are a signature style for this Modernist whose artistic investigations in precious metal, from 1953 to 1991, are museum-worthy works. Brooch measures 1/2″ at the widest x 6-1/8″ long.