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ID VenueStan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Start Date01 April 2012
End Date07 October 2012
NameFiner Things: Jewelry & Accessories from the 1890s-1930s
DescriptionFiner Things: Jewelry & Accessories from the 1880s-1930s, will open at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, OH on April 1, 2012. Stan Hywet is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The 65-room manor house is the sixth largest home in the United States...larger than the White House. The focus of this exhibition is to display the type of jewelry that F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling might have worn during the time that they lived at Stan Hywet. This refers to both jewelry that is appropriate in style to the time period and also of the quality that people of their social status and wealth might have owned. The collection at Stan Hywet does not include jewelry that actually belonged to the Seiberlings but there are clues in photographs and receipts. The guest curator is overlaying this useful information with jewelry history of these time periods as well as with the couple’s interests and lifestyle. For example, there are images of Gertrude Seiberling wearing a big “art style” pendant. From receipts in the museum’s archives it is known she purchased art studio jewelry from Horace Potter of Cleveland. The fact that the Seiberlings had Samuel Yellin, the most important ornamental ironworker of his time fabricate the gates, door knobs and other metalwork for Stan Hywet, indicates they were afficianados of the Arts & Crafts movement at the turn-of-the century which included art jewelry. In addition, it is believed that Gertrude Seiberling would have known of the work of artistan/jeweler Louis Comfort Tiffany because a candlestick by Tiffany is in the Stan Hywet collection. Gertrude Seiberling was an artist herself and she traveled to New York where LC. Tiffany’s studios were located and where he catered to a wealthy clientele. Another example which will be on display is a charming early 20th century brooch that was given to someone as an award for participating in a musical event. Gertrude Seiberling might well have been given such a piece for her participation in the music world for which she was well known. Wherever possible, photographs of the Seiberlings will be shown near pieces of jewelry similar to what they are wearing in the photographs. On view will be a pocket watch presented to F.A. Seiberling by his employees. The photograph of his grandson as a baby pulling a pocket watch (not the same one) from his grandfather’s pocket will be shown nearby. In addition Gertrude Seiberling’s hats, gloves, handbags, gowns, and wedding gown will be on display. Fashion is intimately related to jewelry and this will help to give a more complete picture of the time. The jewelry periods which will be represented in the exhibition are: Late Victorian (Gertrude Seiberling would have inherited some of these pieces from her family), Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau (all simultaneous styles circa 1900-1915), and Art Deco. The curator of the exhibition is jewelry historian Elyse Zorn Karlin, co-director of The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts. The exhibition will run through October 7, 2012. More information: dspiegler@stanhywet.org or http://www.stanhywet.org
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