DECORATIVE ARTS, JEWELRY, CERAMICS, TEXTILES

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Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 224 pgs / 135 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2018 p. 74   

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 11/17/18–03/29/20

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Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston

Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle

Text by Nonie Gadsden, Meghan Melvin, Emily Stoehrer.

This finely enameled hair ornament (later converted to a brooch) is reproduced from 'Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston.'

The first book on the Arts and Crafts movement behind the "Boston Look"

At the turn of the 20th century in Boston, a vibrant and active community of jewelry makers—along with artists, craftspeople, scholars, critics and patrons—found unity in the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, which held that art and beauty could instill morality and inspire joy.

Frank Gardner Hale, who trained in England with founders of the movement, became the most prominent and prolific creator of works of wearable art, helping to define the "Boston look" characterized by bold use of colored stones and brilliant enamels; refined and delicate settings; and exquisite design and craftsmanship, conceived and executed by a single craftsperson. A leading figure in the community of jewelers and an advocate for the Society of Arts and Crafts, Hale influenced many other important makers, among them Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Edward Everett Oakes, Margaret Rogers and Elizabeth Copeland.

This book, the first in-depth study of the subject, reproduces dozens of ornaments in dazzling color, accompanied by design drawings from the extensive Frank Gardner Hale archive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These drawings provide insight into the works' transformation from two to three dimensions and represent rare renderings of many pieces of jewelry that are now lost. The authoritative text brings together scholars of jewelry history and American design to explore how Hale and his contemporaries expressed Arts and Crafts principles in the creation of jewels of enduring allure.


This finely enameled hair ornament (later converted to a brooch) is reproduced from 'Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston.'

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Wall Street Journal

Barrymore Laurence Scherer

[The book] features examples of jewelry, enamels, silver and preparatory designs that reveal Boston's position as a pre-eminent center of exquisite Arts and Crafts metalwork.

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The exquisite Arts and Crafts Jewelry of once-Puritan Boston

The exquisite Arts and Crafts Jewelry of once-Puritan Boston

This gold and pearl brooch by Josephine Hartwell Shaw (c. 1913) is reproduced from Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston, published to accompany the show which opened this weekend at MFA Boston. One of our Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books of 2018, this scholarly yet beautifully produced volume is the first to tackle the distinctive "Boston Look" that evolved out of the international Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century. "By the end of the first decade of the new century," Nonie Gadsden writes, "Boston itself had become a hotbed of art jewelry production," citing a 1916 article on handwrought jewelry in America that noted, "Curiously enough, it is in once Puritan Boston that there is now the largest number of artist jewelers." continue to blog


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