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Jewelry design for Seaman Schepps of two bird brooch
Object Place: New York City, United States
Length x width: 10.1 x 9.1 cm (4 x 3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper
Not On View
Design for a brooch in the form of a branch with two birds alighted on it. The gold branch has several sprigs of slender leaves paved with white stones, and set with large green cabochon stones resembling berries. The larger bird at the top has long gold tail feathers and is paved with small pink and white faceted stones. The smaller bird beneath is paved with blue and white stones; Matches a design for an earring (2009.4677).
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 occassion 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)
Museum purchase with funds donated by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf