Breastplate and Brooch

Alan Preston (New Zealander, b.1941), Artist 1997 © All rights reserved See full details

Object Detail

A breastplate and brooch pierced out of large black lipped oyster shell. The inner piece has brooch findings attached to the back. Vau or coconut fibre is twisted to make a cord with gold wire toggles on the ends. These sets (breastplate and brooch, breastplate and pendant) were a number developed by Preston starting around 1998 exploring celtic cruciforms. Reflecting Preston’s interest in Pacific breastplate forms but with the artist’s own twist – pierced from one shell, making two pieces with no waste. Alan Preston is one of the founding members of Fingers jewellery gallery and cooperative beginning in Auckland in 1974.
Breastplate and Brooch
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breastplate: black lipped oyster shell, vau
brooch: black lipped oyster shell, silver, stainless steel
breastplate: 105 x 500mm diameter of plate x length of cord
brooch: 60 x 60 x 4mm (h x w x d)
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Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1998
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