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From the artist's estate, this rare pendant necklace was created entirely by hand, sculpted out of porcelain clay. It was then hand-glazed and painted by the artist, and dated 1953.
Elsie Carr was born on the Arapaho Indian Reservation in New Mexico during the last breath of the Edwardian era. Her mother was Native American and her father, caucasian according to the family. She moved to Oklahoma with her family during the 1930s much like those in Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" and eventually settled in Tucson, Arizona where she painted and exhibited her art work.
This wonderful necklace comes from her estate. It is entirely hand-made and originally strung on dyed green leather. The pendant is her artistic rendition of the Native American thunderbird. It is beautifully glazed in colors best described as dark pine green, yellow ochre, saffron, cream and black.
The necklace measures approximately 3 inches or nearly 8 cm across. There are minor places of crazing, due to time and this only makes the necklace all the more charming, really. The back has been sculpted with a very deep tunnel so that the pendant may be strong securely on leather. The leather is brittle on this necklace and so another piece should be used if the necklace is intended for wear...easily found. Elsie's initials are inscribed into the porcelain clay prior to firing as was the date. A signature in pencil reads, "Elsie Carr".
This pendant is in near mint condition, due only to the crazing. It is not cracked, chipped or with any other damage. The back is sculpted so that it is beautifully balanced when worn.
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•••Until the moment your purchase is packaged and stored just like these are done in museum settings. The environment is carefully controlled and free from storage odors, cigarette or other fumes. All items are free of moths and dust. Some items have been cleaned by a professional conservator and indicated, if so, in the descriptions. These items come from fine collections, and are in an exceptional level of condition.
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