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frozen

  • Object:

    necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duong, Sam Tho, born 1969 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    The spheres are hollow and have small holes through which the black nylon thread attaches the pearls. The end of the thread is melted to form the decorative black end.

  • Credit Line:

    Purchase funded by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    M.20-2013

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 44, shelf D, box 1

The jeweller Sam Tho Duong was born in Vietnam in 1969 and came to Germany in his teens. He is based in the jewellery-making city of Pforzheim where he took a traditional apprenticeship followed by a diploma in Design.

In this necklace he brings together the simple, time-honoured jewellery materials of silver and freshwater pearls with radical and beautiful results. Pearls are usually regarded as objects of beauty in their own right and worn very simply, but in this necklace they become a means to achieve a very different effect. The pearls appear to grow out of the blackened, bulbous forms beneath, softening them and echoing various natural forms but particularly the frost which gives the name to his “frozen” series of jewels to which this necklace belongs.

Physical description

The necklace consists of clusters of patinated silver spheres, each covered with upended freshwater pearls which are tipped with dots of black nylon. The clusters hang from a chain of patinated silver cylindrical beads of different shades and dimensions, each individually distorted and ridged. At thee points a crumpled cylindrical bead protrudes at right angles to the others, and there is a similar protrusion from the end of the largest pearl-covered cluster. The cylindrical beads adjacent to the clusters are decorated with a small number of nylon-tipped pearls. The whole is threaded on two narrow twisted wires.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

2011 (made)

Artist/maker

Duong, Sam Tho, born 1969 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

The spheres are hollow and have small holes through which the black nylon thread attaches the pearls. The end of the thread is melted to form the decorative black end.

Marks and inscriptions

unmarked

Dimensions

Height: 385 mm necklace as worn, Width: 250 mm necklace as worn, Depth: 61 mm deepest cluster

Object history note

Purchased at COLLECT 2013

Descriptive line

Necklace of oxidised silver, freshwater pearls and nylon, designed and made by Sam Tho Duong, Germany, 2011

Materials

Patinated silver; Freshwater pearls; Nylon

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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