Rare Aluminum & Multi-colored Elsaramics Necklace by Elsie Freund (Item #PM-elsanck)
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Nice, fun aluminum and fused glass over clay ceramic necklace by Elsa Bates Freund (1912-2001). The necklace measures 14" around, and is made for someone with a small neck, perhaps a child. It is composed of hollow aluminum tube segments between which are suspended 5 ceramic and wire dangles. The "Elsaramics" are made of multi-colored fused glass over rectangular clay pieces. There are some cracks visible underneath the glass which are common in Elsaramics and is not damage. There are some light indentations in the surface of some of the glass which may be original to the manufacture and are not visible when worn. The back of the center drop is signed "Elsa". On the back of one of the clay pieces is some residue that looks almost like a clear coat that also may be original to the manufacture (it is not visible from the front). The necklace is in good vintage condition, and is an interesting and unusual example of her work.
Elsa Freund's work can be found in many museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (NY), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs (Montreal), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass (FL), the Mint Museum of Craft & Design (NC), and the Historic Arkansas Museum. Her jewelry is quite rare, and is highly sought after by collectors in the USA and abroad. Additional information about Elsie Freund and examples of her jewelry can be found at the website, http://elsiefreund.com. An Elsa Freund necklace and earrings suite is pictured on page 174 of "Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Edition" by Christie Romero.