Signed Tod Pardon Sculpture Brooches, 'Blood Hounds' & 'Hunger', Precious Metal Mixed Media Brooch Pins


We have two very rare and important signed abstract modernist mixed media sculpture brooches by Tod Pardon. In his artist statement, Pardon describes his work as an expression of life's inherent duality and instability, mixing contrasting shapes, colors, and materials to communicate these contradictions. Many of his pieces are inspired by the Balinese demon goddess, Rangda, Queen of the Leyaks, and depict highly stylized and otherworldly animal-like figures. Each piece is uniquely crafted using sterling silver, 14k gold, and a mix of pigment/enamel, resin, stone, and wood. The brooches come with their own wood bases and are displayed by inserting the safety pins into metal tube stands on top. We're not sure of their exact age, but they look like his earlier work circa the 1990s. There is notable tarnishing to silver given these pieces have been on display for some time, but the colors and details of the inlaid materials have remained sharp and vibrant. Details for each piece are listed below, but both brooches are in museum-quality condition with age-appropriate wear and discoloration.

1. 'Blood Hounds' #01197
Materials: Sterling Silver + 14K Gold, Ebony, Pigment/Enamel, Resin, Jade (red bead)

Length: 3 3/4”
Width: 2 1/4”
Red bead: 7.5mm
Weight: 37.5 grams

Height on stand: 6”
Base: 1 1/2” L x 1 1/2” W x 2” H
Weight on stand: 112 grams

2. 'Hunger' #03302
Materials: Sterling Silver + 14K Gold, Ebony, Pigment/Enamel, Resin

Length: 2 7/8”
Width: 1 3/8”
Weight: 18.2 grams

Height on stand: 5 3/4”
Base: 2 1/2” L x 2 1/2 W x 3” H
Weight on stand: 221.4 grams

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