The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquires work by C. James Meyer

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Published: 08.10.2019
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C. James Meyer. Ring: Monterosso al Mare, 2016. 18K gold, platinum, diamond, mixed media.. 13 x 13 x 5 cm. Photo by: Taylor Dabney. C. James Meyer
Ring: Monterosso al Mare, 2016
18K gold, platinum, diamond, mixed media.
13 x 13 x 5 cm
Photo by: Taylor Dabney
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Museum purchase with funds donated by Rob Hargett in honor of Gloria Bucuvalas Hargett, 2019.803.1-2.
Fashioning zen gardens through a creative combination that mixes found objects and architectural materials with precious metals and gemstones, the work of C. James Meyer has been described as exhibiting “restraint, control, elegance, and above all, grace.”
While in Tuscany as a Visiting Professor, the Virginia-based artist created Monterosso al Mare a ring that is framed within a rock garden. It is a work inspired by the Cinque Terre coastline. Meyer selected stones, which he later cut to lay flat, and arranged in a square box with a fitted slot for a gold and diamond ring with a white found stone. The box offers a place to display the ring when it’s not being worn. From a distance, the ring seamless integrates into the arrangement of stones. Trained as a sculptor, Meyer has spent fifty years working in metals, and from 1973 until 2005 led the jewelry and metals area of Craft and Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In June, this ring and box became part of the MFA, Boston’s world-renowned jewelry collection. Meyer’s work can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design (NY), Racine Art Museum (WI), Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC), Georgia Museum of Art (GA), the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz (NY), and the Nordenjeldske Museum in Trondheim, Norway.