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Florence Koehler (1861–1944) was a versatile American artist, working in a range of decorative media, including domestic interiors, china decorating, jewelry, and painting. In jewelry she favoured pearls, gems, unpolished gold, and muted enamels as materials and found inspiration from Renaissance designs during travels in England, France, and Italy. She embraced the ideals of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements.
Below are two of her works held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the pin/brooch part of a suite commissioned in 1905 for Emily Crane Chadbourne, daughter of the Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane.
Information and images courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Maker:Florence Koehler (1861–1944) (Arts & Crafts)
Geography:Made in Chicago, Illinois, United States; Made in United States
Medium:Gold, emerald, sapphire, and enamel
Dimensions:1 in. (2.5 cm)
Credit Line:Purchase, Lee Paula Miller Gift, 2008
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Maker:Florence Koehler (1861–1944)
Geography:Made in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Medium:Gold, sapphire, pearls, emeralds, enamel
Dimensions:2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (6.4 x 7 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Emily C. Chadbourne, 1952