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Pendant with Drops

1960-1965 Elsie Freund Born: Mincy, Missouri 1912 Died: Little Rock, Arkansas, 2001 glass, silver, and clay 7 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 in. (18.2 x 11.2 x 1.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane Hershey 1991.30 Not currently on view


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This pendant, like many of Elsa Freund’s works, showcases her handcrafted “stones.” She shaped them out of clay and fired them, then added enamel and glaze, and fired them again. Shaped like river rocks, they have a natural quality, but their design and luster come from the artist’s imagination. Freund once said that “there are two ways to approach jewelry making. One is to give a precious stone a proper setting. The other is to give something of no particular value a worth by making it a thing of beauty. Of the two methods, I prefer the latter.”

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

ceramic

glass

metal - silver

About Elsie Freund

Born: Mincy, Missouri 1912 Died: Little Rock, Arkansas, 2001