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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Jewelry: "Antique" Pendant

"Antique" Pendant
about 1905-35
Florence Koehler
1 1/8 x 3/4 x 1/4 in. (2.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mary Elizabeth Sharpe

Florence Koehler loved old objects and was particularly fascinated by ancient Greek culture. She always wore a Greek-looking pendant around her neck, and added finishes to her objects to make them look older. Each pendant has a face cut in relief, and the “Antique” Pendant is inscribed with a name, Ottora Maria. (Laurie Eglington Kaldis, ed., Portrait of an Artist, 1947)

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