Lovers brooch

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

Object Place: New York, New York


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


Medium or Technique

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

On View

The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)


Americas, Jewelry



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.


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


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


© Estate of Sam Kramer