Silver and aluminum cuff by American metalsmith Boris Bally, ca. 1987, two anodized aluminum cylinders attached with a silver bar; cuff is about 4" long; inside diameter about 2-1/4" (can accommodate a fairly large wrist); marked "BALLY;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

Boris Bally is a highly celebrated contemporary metalsmith whose work is in numerous private and museum collections. He worked early-on as an industrial designer and was inspired by machinery and discarded machine parts. In One of A Kind, American Art Jewlery Today, author Susan Grant   Lewin says that "Bally has translated his interest in unfriendly machinery into engaging works that make intimate claims on the wearer. While their machinelike precision and clinical perfection give his works a dangerous and threatening edge, they draw the viewer in with intriguing construction....." (pg. 72). 

Bally wrote in an email that he was very fond of this piece and "remembered it well." He said that the idea was "sort of a clamp and eventually led up to the piece "Arachnid" which the Museum of Art & Design has in its permanent collection......"

Read more about Bally on his own website

$450.00 (item #C489)