Image Copyright Restricted

Design for three ballerina brooches for Seaman Schepps

Drawing by Jordine Turboff (American (born in Russia)), Designed for Seaman Schepps (American, founded in 1904)

Object Place: New York City, United States


Height x width: 15.8 x 13 cm (6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



This drawing illustrates three platinum brooches, each of ballerinas with skirts, shoes, and jewelry set with white stones. Each is in a different pose. One is decorated with red stones, another with green stones, and the third seems only to contain white stones.
This design was created by Jordine Turboff who came from Russia as a small child and grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Pratt University. She worked for Seaman Schepps from 1939-1945, and her clients ranged from movie stars such as Marlene Dietrich, the Barrymores, Errol Flynn (who would often flirt with her), and Merle Oberon, to Eleanor Roosevelt and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She would often say that Mrs. Simpson had a taste for the richest stones and for the simplest designs. Whe she left Schepps in 1945, Mr. Schepps gave her these drawings (production and finished) as a wedding present. The lot represents only a fraction of her work. After leaving Schepps, Ms. Turboff concentrated on her painting, then using her married and middle name “Yari Levine” and is listed in many publications, including Who’s Who in American Women.


1939-1945, designed by artist Jordine Turboff for Seaman Schepps in New York City; 1945, given by Schepps to Turboff on the occasion of her wedding; by descent to Turboff's son; September 15, 2009, sold by Skinner Auctioneers of Boston (lot 515) to the MFA (Accession date: October 21, 2009)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf