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June 27, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Sterling Silver and Moonstone Ring, Sam Kramer

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 3015BLocation: BostonDate / Time: June 27, 2017 10:00AM


Sterling Silver and Moonstone Ring, Sam Kramer, the abstract form with a bezel-set moonstone cabochon above a garnet cabochon, size 7, maker's mark.

Note: Sam Kramer (1914-1964) was a modernist jeweler known for his surrealistic work. The slogan of his Greenwich Village store was "Fantastic Jewelry for People Who Are Slightly Mad." Kramer attended the Universities of Pittsburgh and Southern California and New York University. After apprenticing with a jeweler, he opened a shop in Pittsburgh and then New York. In his 1964 obituary, The New York Times referred to his Greenwich Village shop as "a rendezvous for personalities of the artistic and beatnik worlds."
From the collection of Susan Freeman, a renowned collector of jewelry and couture. She herself designed and produced jewelry in the 1970s; her creations were sold at various New York venues including Henri Bendel, H&J Blitz, and The Stevens Gallery, as well as to private clients. Susan and her jewelry were featured in the "Lookout" section of People magazine in May of 1974. With her husband, Cliff Freeman, Susan traveled the world collecting the rare, unusual, and beautiful.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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Henri Bendel, People Magazine, Cliff Freeman, Sam Kramer, Susan Freeman, The New York Times, Pittsburgh