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Arts of North America

Art created in North America includes objects made by native cultures of the present-day United States and Canada; paintings and decorative arts produced during colonial times; 18th- and 19th-century masterpieces; and the work of contemporary artists and photographers.

© Stanley Lechtzin
American, born 1936
Torque 22-D Neckpiece
Sterling silver and polyester resin

2 ½ x 9 x 9 ½ inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of the Morgan Foundation

Arts of North America

In the late 1960s, like many of his European counterparts, Stanley Lechtzin became increasingly attracted to the idea of combining plastics with precious metals in his jewelry. His early exploration of plastics was heavily influenced by his ongoing interest in industry and technology. Soon, Lechtzin began to use the wide color palette of polyester resin to his advantage, combining it with electroformed metal and incorporating it into constructions such as torques.

Torque 22-D is one of three torques in the MFAH Helen Williams Drutt Collection. The body of the swivel mechanism was electroformed, whereas the finials were fabricated by hand. The amber-colored resin was cast in a minimal shape as a way of experimenting with variations in form.