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Brooch

Decorative Arts

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.

MEDIUM Nickel, plastic
DATES ca. 1948
DIMENSIONS 5 x 3 x 1 in. (12.7 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2007.21.5
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 2007.21.5_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997). <em>Brooch</em>, 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)