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.

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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