Pendant with Drops

  • Elsie Freund, Pendant with Drops, 1960-1965, ceramic, glass, silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane Hershey, 1991.30

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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.”

Title
Pendant with Drops
Artists
Date
1960-1965
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
7 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 in. (18.2 x 11.2 x 1.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jane Hershey

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Classifications
Object Number
1991.30
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