Oscar Bach's Arts and Crafts themed Clockface in bronze (above) and Eliel Saarinen's Peacock Gates fabricated in iron by Bach (next page).
These designs were among the various metal objects on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum for a special exhibition, "Forgers of Metal: George Booth and His Patronage of Metalcraft at Cranbrook" held January 27 -April 8, 2001.
This exhibition explored the role of metal work at Cranbrook under the direction of Cranbrook founder George Booth during the 1920s. A metalsmith himself, Booth commissioned some of the finest American designers and fabricators to create works including Oscar Bach, Frank Koralewsky, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Samuel Yellin. He also collected works by some of the leading European craftsmen including the French designer Edgar Brandt. The exhibition emphasized the artistry of these objects by viewing them outside of their permanent location and function.
"Forgers of Metal" was organized in 2001 by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Collections Intern Sarah Schleuning. Special acknowledgment to Arlyce Seibert and Cranbrook Schools, Robert Saarnio, Mark Coir, Gary Griffin and Cranbrook Academy of Art Department of Metalsmithing.