Claire Falkenstein Modernist Jewelry, ca. 1960
My mother-in-law and father-in-law were mid-century modern artists. My father-in-law was a photographer, who often photographed the work of other people. My father-in-law photographed some work for Claire Falkenstein, who's this artist, and took these pieces in trade for the work he did for her. As far as I know, my mother-in-law never really enjoyed this jewelry. So I don't think it was worn very much. She gave it to me in the mid 90's, so I've had it ever since.
Claire Falkenstein, amazing woman. This woman was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. She studied in Paris. She studied in California. She taught in California, but she wasn't known for her jewelry. She made gates, and she made fountains, and she's in the school of modernists in the 50's 60's area. Modernist art, what it is, it's a paired down essence. She didn't use precious metals. What we have here, we have some brass wire, and it looks like a gentleman figure,
Very daliesque, just the basics of jewelry. Over here, we have a scarf pin, and she's incorporated a little glass bead, but again, it's not a precious metal. At best, it might be sterling. You would slide a scarf through here and then hook it on with the pin clasp. Even this is all very crudely made, very primitive. She was a well respected artist. I conferred with some appraisers on the table, showed them the pieces. A fellow, Peter Shemonsky, he is from San Francisco, very familiar with this artist. He gave me a fairly nice auction value. He said between three and $5,000 for the two pieces.
Oh my goodness, and it doesn't even have a gemstone in it, and you fair amount.
No gemstones. Very little precious metal. I thank you so much for showing us another side of an artist.
Why thank you for the appraisal.
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