Lovers brooch

1949
Sam Kramer (American, 1913–1964), Carol Kramer (American, 1918–1986)


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

Overall: 11.4 x 8.3 x 2.5 cm, 89.7 gm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1 in., 0.2 lb.)

Accession Number

2006.288

Medium or Technique

Silver, turquoise, and garnet; hinged and riveted construction.

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

Abstract figures suggesting two persons. Brooch is constructed of several layers
of silver of various shapes, which are hinged and riveted together. Highlighted
by bezel-set garnet and turquoise


The eccentric Sam Kramer billed himself as a maker of “Fantastic Jewelry for People Who are Slightly Mad.” Dubbed a “Surrealist Jeweler” by The New Yorker magazine in 1942, Kramer maintained a Greenwich Village shop and studio that was a total artistic environment-as bizarre as his jewelry-and a gathering place for Village artists. His work, like the Lovers brooch, reflects the surrealist fascination with Freudian psychology and expressions of unconscious fantasy, with dark and sexually charged overtones.

Markings

Stamped "sterling ( x2), artist's mushroom mark in circle stamped on rear

Provenance

1985, in the collection of Karen Sebiri. By 1988, Gansevoort Gallery; May 2, 1988 sold to Daphne Farago; 2006 to MFA, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

Copyright

© Estate of Sam Kramer