09-19-2006 09-19-2006
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2330 Boston
September 19, 2006 11:00AMCalender
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Artist-Designed Sterling Silver, Fire Opal, and Onyx Brooch, Sam Kramer

$6,463$5,500
Auction: Fine Jewelry - 2330 Location: Boston Date / Time: September 19, 2006 11:00AM

Description:

Artist-Designed Sterling Silver, Fire Opal, and Onyx Brooch, Sam Kramer, c. 1950, the anthropomorphic form bezel-set with a fire opal cabochon and shaped onyx tablet, 4 x 1 3/4 in., maker's mark.

Note: Now considered the most important post-war Modernist jeweler, Kramer was a Surrealist artist who worked in the biomorphic style. Among the first of the Greenwich Village studio jewelers (est. 1940), Kramer advertised his work as "Fantastic Jewelry for People Who are Slightly Mad". A self-described rockhound, Kramer studied gemology and developed a fondness for precious stones as well as exotic materials, from Burmese rubies to glass eyes. Kramer's work emphasizes the hand of the artist and metal's natural potential for fluidity and spontaneity.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Keywords

Sam Kramer, Sterling Silver, Silver, Fire, Onyx, Opal, important post-war Modernist jeweler , Surrealist artist