Designer: Robert Lee Morris

Wright celebrates the inspired jewelry designs of Robert Lee Morris. Combining natural forms and materials with a global aesthetic, Morris rose to prominence in the 1970s and continues to make jewelry that captures the imagination.
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I've always wanted my work to be more available...offer a range of crazy, experimental one-of-a-kind pieces that would have integrity and be made of great construction as well as interesting engineering.

Robert Lee Morris

Four Things to Know about Robert Lee Morris

Robert Lee Morris moved 23 times as a child, all over the world, due to his father being in the US Air Force. This early experience influenced his global approach to designing jewelry.

From 1976 to 1983, Morris' designs were featured in 49 consecutive issues of Vogue.

In recent years, Morris has returned his focus to sculpture. Of the works, he states: "It’s not wearable but they look like they have the jewelry touch somehow. There’s a sensitivity, a fragility."

Morris has been close friends and collaborators with Donna Karan. He takes part in her global initiatives to train artisans and supply them with the tools and resources to sell their goods to a larger market.

The necklace is the anchor; it's the classification of jewelry that says what the whole idea is about.

Robert Lee Morris

Robert Lee Morris

Robert Lee Morris’ jewelry designs effortlessly meld sensual, natural materials with bold and elegant forms. Influenced by cultures from around the world, Morris creates monumental pieces to complement the human form that appear both tribal and futuristic at once. His shimmering works echo the sublime beauty of nature and his use of organic materials imbues his designs with splendor and mystery.

Morris began his formal training studying art as well as archeology at Beloit College. After graduating, Morris founded a commune, which was loosely modeled on William Morris’ Arts and Crafts community. Morris created jewelry, teaching himself how to metalwork using hardware store materials. The commune burnt down in the 1970s, but Morris continued to hone his craft.

His works caught the eye of a respected gallery owner who displayed Morris’ work at the Sculpture to Wear gallery in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel alongside jewelry by Man Ray and Alexander Calder. 1976 his gladiatorial bubble necklace was featured prominently on the cover of Vogue launching Morris’ career to new heights. The following year Morris opened his Soho store Artware, collaborating with top fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Geoffrey Beene, and Kansai Yamamoto and Cher, Oprah Winfrey and Bianca Jagger were among his acclaimed clients.

With bold and voluptuous, undulating lines, the jewelry of Robert Lee Morris has been featured prominently in the fashion shows of Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Anna Klein and Michael Kors. Morris was honored in a retrospective exhibition, Metalmania: Robert Lee Morris, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1996. In 2007, he was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), securing his place as one of the most innovative and inventive jewelry designers in history.

Auction Results Robert Lee Morris

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Triple row silver showpiece | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Triple row silver showpiece
estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $8,125

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Percussion bracelet | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Percussion bracelet
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Golden Petal Waterfall necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Golden Petal Waterfall necklace
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Golden Petal Waterfall necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Golden Petal Waterfall necklace
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,760

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Jumbo disc belt | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Jumbo disc belt
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,750

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A gold link necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A gold link necklace
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Hunter's Cuff | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Hunter's Cuff
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,304

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A silver and turquoise bracelet | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A silver and turquoise bracelet
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A gold and quartz ring | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A gold and quartz ring
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,270

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, gold belt | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

gold belt
estimate: $500–700
result: $300

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

necklace
estimate: $8,000–10,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A silver dagger necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A silver dagger necklace
estimate: $1,200–1,800

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A Medicine pectoral | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A Medicine pectoral
estimate: $6,000–8,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Fading Waterfall necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Fading Waterfall necklace
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A forged silver collar | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A forged silver collar
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A bullet head necklace | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A bullet head necklace
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Stairway headpiece | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Stairway headpiece
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, choker | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

choker
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, A copper, silver and brass choker | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

A copper, silver and brass choker
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, Percussion bracelet | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

Percussion bracelet
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, hunter's cuff | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

hunter's cuff
estimate: $2,500–3,500

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, choker from the Mandala Collection | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

choker from the Mandala Collection
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, gold and quartz ring | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

gold and quartz ring
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ROBERT LEE MORRIS, gold belt | wright20.com

Robert Lee Morris

gold belt
estimate: $3,000–4,000

My original idea was to create a body of work for an imaginary futuristic society that was post-apocalyptic and that the pieces would be a combination of savagery with high-tech gadgetry.

Robert Lee Morris

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