All that glitters is gold—and diamonds, pearls, rubies, emeralds and sapphires! Visitors of all ages will be dazzled by extraordinary gems, beautiful jewelry and fantastically embellished creations from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Jeweled Objects of Desire, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
Jeweled Objects of Desire is on loan from the National Museum of Natural History, through the Smithsonian Affiliations program, generously supported by the MassMutual Foundation. It is sponsored locally by Hannoush Jewelers.
“The Hannoush Family is proud to support an exhibition that elevates jewelry design and craftsmanship to an art form,” said Maroun Hannoush.
“Never before have the Springfield Museums presented such a display of unusual and lavish objects created by precious materials,” said President Kay Simpson. “We are excited that this first exhibition borrowed through the Smithsonian Affiliations Program is a visual extravaganza sure to amaze children and adults alike.”
Presenting uncut examples of precious materials such as jade, amethyst and quartz alongside the artistry of man-made objects, Jeweled Objects of Desire celebrates the beauty of stones found deep within the earth. Highlights of the exhibition include a 7,000 carat quartz egg from Brazil, containing 240 facets (or surfaces) and resting on a gold stand embellished with 16 small and 4 large sapphires; a freshwater pearl corncob with 18-karat gold husk, inspired by the importance corn played in Incan society; and an ivory camel covered in brilliant-cut diamonds and cabochons of rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.
The special exhibition also features the work of internationally renowned jewelry designer Sidney Mobell, celebrated for crafting common utilitarian items into unique artworks through the use of gold and precious gemstones. Among the spectacular works on view are a 14-karat gold cell phone encrusted with more than 250 gems; a golden mail box studded with 76.70 carats of precious and semi-precious stones; and a jeweled penny gumball machine. Also included is the world’s most expensive slot machine, an antique Art Déco-style model covered in gold and gemstones from Mobell’s own collection valued at $21 million.
The Golden Throne – A Royal Flush, has joined the bedazzled ranks. Created in 1985 by jeweler and artist Sidney Mobell, the gold-plated toilet seat is decorated with over 300 gemstones and was featured on the Johnny Carson show when it was created. More recently in 2015, when displayed at the Museum of American Finance, “people lined up around the block to see it,” said Mobell.
A consummate showman and inspired artist, Mobell has been shaking up the jewelry industry and art world for decades. Now ninety-one years old, his age does not stop him from travelling around the world and promoting his work.
Jeweled Objects of Desire will be on view through December 31, 2017. The MassMutual Foundation is the Season Supporter of the Springfield Museums.
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A sculptural ensemble by award winning master sculptor Andrew DeVries, on view outside of the Blake Café. The artist as been casting in bronze in his Huntington, Massachusetts studio since 1985. His work includes dance and figurative sculpture, abstract sculpture and portraits. DeVries follows in tradition of great Florentine masters like Ghiberti, Donatello and Cellini.
In his artist’s statement, DeVries’ commented, “The early influence of the ballet studio, the fluidity of the human form in movement, a meshing of music, flesh and spirit, this is the foundation of my career. The impressions (gifts) from the dance naturally became my first sculptures and form a large body of my careers’ works. Whenever the opportunity presents itself I return to dance studios to draw and be inspired once again.”
The Springfield Museums
220 State Street, Springfield, MA
Set around a tree-lined quadrangle in downtown Springfield, the world-class museums that comprise the Springfield Museums provide visitors with a wealth of exciting imagery and inspirational artwork. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native. The Quadrangle is also home to the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, a series of full-scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. For one admission price, visitors can enjoy all 5 Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Park. Secure free onsite parking is available around the corner at 21 Edwards Street. Open Tuesday through Sunday.