ARTicle — 04 January 2014
David Webb jewelry show in West Palm Beach

Work by designer David Webb, who counted Jacqueline Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor among his fans, goes on display at the Norton Museum of Art
Jacqueline Kennedy compared David Webb to Benvenuto Cellini, the 16th century goldsmith, sculptor and quintessential Renaissance man. The New Yorker magazine referred to him as “the new meteor around town,” while the Duchess of Windsor declared Webb to be “Fabergé reborn.”

In David Webb: Society’s Jeweler, visitors to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach can see for themselves some of the rings, brooches and necklaces that evoked such high praise. The exhibition, Jan. 16 through April 13, will feature 80 of Webb’s pieces, often whimsical with an animal motif.

Webb hit his stride during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, when artists and artisans were questioning the conventions of the past and branching out in new directions. Hope Alswang, executive director of the Norton, says of Webb: “His groundbreaking designs not only captured the spirit of his time, but continue to influence jewelry design today.”
—Kingsley Guy

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