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Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5001 Lot 15

James H. Winn (1866-1940)
pendant necklace on an original chain
Chicago, Illinois
14K yellow gold, black opal, seed pearls, chrysoprase
etched signature
7.2 dwts
pendant: 1 1/8"w x 2 3/8"h; chain: 16 1/2"l

Provenance:
The Paul & Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry

Literature:
Berberian, Rosalie, Creating Beauty: Jewelry and Enamels of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, Schiffer, 2019, pp. 102-103

Evon, Darcy L., Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry: 1890-1940, Schiffer, 2013, p. 47 and dust jacket (back cover)

Catalog Note:
"... the pendant bears a resemblance to the railing of the lobby staircase landing at the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York, designed by the firm of Adler and Sullivan, the leading architects and designers of the Chicago School of architecture. This necklace is an outstanding example of Winn's technical mastery and artistic eye. It features wirework and stylized leaves centering a black opal with flashes of green fire, accented by green chalcedony drops that are suspended from an intricately designed wire chain." — Rosalie Berberian

Estimate $6,000-8,000

Sold for $23,750