Event: International Art Jewelry: 1895-­1925 at the Forbes Gallery

Luna Moth Brooch
Linda Caristo, American
Plique-à-jour, silver
Courtesy of the Artist

International Art Jewelry: 1895-­1925 opens at the Forbes Gallery in NYC on Saturday 29 October (runs through 17 March 2012). The exhibit will feature almost 200 pieces of jewelry and related decorative art objects by 75 artists from the Arts and Crafts Movements in both Great Britain and the United States, Art Nouveau in France, Belgium, and the United States, Jugendstil (Germany and Austria), Skonvirke (Scandinavian countries), Stile Liberty (Italy), and more.

James Cromar Watt, Scottish
Gold, enamel, sapphire, pearl
Abbe Sands Collection

Floral Buckle
Unknown Maker, American or French
Base metal
Lang Antiques Collection

Photos from the exhibition courtesy Elyse Zorn Karlin

There will be a exhibition catalogue in a limited edition of 100

The guest curator for the exhibition is Elyse Zorn Karlin, co-­‐director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts and the publisher/ executive editor of Adornment Magazine. She is a noted lecturer and author. Her publications include: Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition and Imperishable Beauty, Art Nouveau Jewelry (co-­‐authored with Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Her most recent curatorial project was Jewelers of the Hudson Valley at The Forbes Galleries.

I am a fan of Elyse Zorn Karlin's work. I have a copy of "Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry" the Museum of Fine Arts publication Karlin co-authored that coincided with the exhibition (sadly, I missed the exhibition).

photo via Amazon.com

Here are 2 of my favorite pieces from the book:

dog collar with a nautical scene by F Walter Lawrence: gold + pearl, c.1903, p.112

dog collar plaques with carnations by René Lalique: gold, enamel, diamond, pearl, and topaz, 1899-1900, p. 63

(******* Karlin is already hard at work on her next curatorial venture entitled: "Out of this World: Jewelry in the Space Age" also at The Forbes Gallery in 2012. The exhibition will include jewelry with space motifs both vintage (60s) and contemporary. Karlin is looking for pieces for the exhibit, you may contact her for more information: ekarlin@usa.net)