Own (and Wear) a Piece of Design History – the Work of Legendary Mary Ann Scherr Exquisite pieces of jewelry designed by Mary Ann Scherr (1921-2016) will be offered at Garth's Auctions (Ohio) on December 1 at 6pm. Of 360+ lots to be sold, the Scherr material comprises 37 lots.
News-Antique.com - Nov 28,2016 - Exquisite pieces from private collection of jewelry designed by Mary Ann Scherr (1921-2016) will be offered at auction by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers on December 1 at 6pm. Among the 360+ lots of fine & vintage jewelry to be sold, this fine assortment of Scherr's designs numbers 37 lots with many more pieces as some are offered as sets or groups.
Ms. Scherr's jewelry, and designs in metal, can be found in the permanent collections of major museums, including The Vatican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Archives in Washington, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as many private collections.
As internationally renowned designer, educator and goldsmith, Ms. Scherr’s work includes automobile design, toy design, fashion design, illustration, experimental metal research and product development. Her unique designs and use of metal work in jewelry have garnered attention by collectors and jewelry connoisseurs throughout the world.
Subsequent to WWII, she was the first woman to be hired by Ford Motor Company's automotive division, and she designed for other corporations, including Goodyear, Alcoa, and US Steel. She owns patents for her design of body monitors, and copyrights for processes such as the instant photo etching of metals. She pioneered the use of exotic metals in adornment, stainless steel, rare earth metals, aluminum and mild steels.
Mary Ann's longest tenure as an educator, 48 years, was at the Penland School of Crafts, but she also taught at Akron University, Kent State University, Parsons, Duke, Meredith, Haystack, Arrowmont, and the NCSU Crafts Center, as well as in workshops both in America and abroad. Ms. Scherr was also a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and an Honorary Associate of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London.
Ms. Scherr was on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dan Rather's Evening News, and NBC's That's Incredible, and has been featured in over 25 books and magazines.
The auction begins at 6 PM EST, in Delaware, Ohio, and features 360+ lots including gold, silver, platinum, and gemstones pieces by makers such as Mary Ann Scherr, Lagos, the Fred Leighton collection, Rolex, & more plus a large collection of gold & silver vinaigrettes, Bakelite, costume jewelry, timepieces, etc.
Absentee and online bidding are available, and inquiries may be directed to Jewelry Specialist & Gemologist, Deborah Shub, firstname.lastname@example.org; 740.362.4771 or 740.919.9101
Highlighted items from 35+ lots by Scherr include:
Lot 14 “LACE GAUNTLET” STERLING SILVER CUFF BRACELET
Bracelet measures 5"l. with circumference of 8" at the widest, tapering to 6" at the narrow end. The entire piece has an intricate geometric cutout design. Signed and stamped "sterling", weight 164 grams. $600-1200
Lot 16 THREE PIECES OF JEWELRY WITH LAPIS, MARY ANN SCHERR.
American, 21st century. Two pieces by Mary Ann Scherr: Sterling silver and 14kyg "Blue Moon" pendant/brooch with large flat rounded lapis lazuli, approx. 1.87" diameter, weight 64gr. Removable pendant attachment, "MAS" etched on back of brooch, sterling snake chain fitted with