Drawing of four pieces: two similar diamond earrings and two similar brooches

American
1930s–1950s


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Height x width: 9 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. (24.4 x 15.9 cm)

Accession Number

2009.4471

Medium or Technique

Gouache on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Drawings

This pencil and white gouache drawing on transparent paper glued to a heavy paper (oak tag) back illustrates four diamond pieces. Numbers 2. and 4. represent two similar earrings, curved to fit around the earlobe. They vary only by the placement of round or baguette diamonds on the center strip. Numbers 1. and 3. seem to be brooches in the form of a ribbon or bow made to simulate a holder for a handkerchief. 1. uses baguettes and round diamonds; 4. only round. The “fabric” is indicated by pencil only.
On the bottom left of the sheet is the embossed stamp of the firm of Trabert and Hoeffler Co., Inc. On the reverse, upside down, are the notations:

Cummings.

-1- Furn. 80 Bag. 1425.70
1425.70 10% 142.50
-2- Furn. 30 Bag ______
 1568.20

-3- Furn. 60 Dias.
1053.20 1053.20
10% 105.30
-4- Furn. 22 Dia. _________
 1158.50

Provenance

Before 2006, in collection of Alan Cutler, Miami Beach, FL; June 8, 2006, purchased at Christie's auction in New York City by Frederic A. Sharf, Chestnut Hill, MA; gift of Sharf and his wife Jean to the MFA (Accession date: September 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf