Metamo’rphosis I is the first in a series of exhibitions that will demonstrate how forms and design elements found in the Dumbarton House collections are capable of inspiring the imagination. Five artists were invited to create pieces of jewelry and fine metal ware taking objects in the collections as their starting point.The artists were selected by their peers. Each one is a professor in the field of craft, design, jewelry or metalsmithing. All of them are known for encouraging their students to look at objects or express their ideas in new ways.
The pieces (click on any of the images below to learn more about the artist and the piece, or to place a bid on one or more of the objects at auction) they created incorporate the reinterpreted forms and design elements and reflect historical social contexts and personal influences. The materials the artists used include sterling silver, mother-of-pearl, ebony and enamel. The contemporary pieces are displayed alongside the object or objects they recall. Among them are a bellows, a violin bow, a handkerchief, saucers and a dessert plate. All of the original works of art included in this exhibition were auctioned the evening of April 4, 2013 to benefit Dumbarton House.