06-15-2010 06-15-2010
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2510 Boston
June 15, 2010 10:00AMCalender

Important Sterling Silver and Poppy Jasper Ring, Sam Kramer

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 2510 Location: Boston Date / Time: June 15, 2010 10:00AM


Important Sterling Silver and Poppy Jasper Ring, Sam Kramer, set with a large cabochon, size 10 1/4, 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 rock hound, 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 $3,000-4,000

Overall very good. Some minor wear/light surface scratches from normal wear. Minor and unobtrusive dings to bead at right in image. Signature is maker's mark in applied bead on back of shank, some wear. Minor and unobtrusive natural cavity in the stone at bezel, look at 4 o'clock in the picture. Otherwise without issues.


Sam Kramer, Surrealist artist, important post-war Modernist jeweler