American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Pat Flynn, American, born 1954

Beaker

1990

18-karat gold

3 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. (8.573 x 8.255 x 7.938 cm, 238 g)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
2008.36.1
Pat Flynn is known for his meticulously crafted jewelry that juxtaposes precious and base metals. This beaker is from a small series of vessels he began in the late 1980s. The beaker is not raised but forged from sheets of gold. Flynn left the seams exposed, transforming this aspect of its construction into part of the decoration. These architectural overlapping planes continue on the underside of the beaker, where the vertical sides gently curve inward and frame the subtly bowed bottom. The beaker has an authoritative presence and tactile delicacy that belies the rigidity of the material.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Geography: 
Made in Gardiner, New York
Status: 
On view*
Provenance: 

Collection of the artist

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 174–75, ill.

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