Although best known as an abstract sculptor, Claire Falkenstein was also an innovative jewelry maker. In fact, she considered jewelry so important that she insisted that it be shown along with her large-scale
sculptures throughout her career. Her jewelry was included in several seminal modern jewelry exhibitions such as the 1948 "Second National Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry" in Minneapolis. This piece by her shown here was evidently especially valued by the artist and remained in her possession until she died.
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Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997). Brooch, ca. 1948. Nickel, plastic, 5 x 3 x 1 in. (12.7 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 2007.21.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007.21.5_PS9.jpg)
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Brooch; an abstract design comprised of bent and hammered wire that forms crosses over itself to form a looped side and an angled side on which a spherical bead has been strung; the ends of the wire form the pin and clasp to secure the brooch.
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