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Oral history interview with Irena Brynner, 2001 April 26-27

Interviewee:
Brynner, Irena F., 1917-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M  Search this
Subject:
Bergman, Franz  Search this
Campbell, David Robert  Search this
Daniels, Grete  Search this
Faber, Aaron  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur  Search this
Jeremias, Trudy  Search this
Rosene, Caroline Gleick  Search this
Resnikoff, Florence Lisa Herman  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph  Search this
Winston, Robert  Search this
Renk, Merry  Search this
De Patta, Margaret  Search this
Craft Students League  Search this
Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Irena Brynner, 2001 April 26-27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12026
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)226926
AAA_collcode_brynne01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_226926
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Oral history interview with Merry Renk, 2001 January 18-19

Interviewee:
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M  Search this
Subject:
Albers, Josef  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis)  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin  Search this
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
Curtis, Earle  Search this
De Patta, Margaret  Search this
Godfrey, Mary Jo Slick  Search this
Guermonprez, Trude  Search this
Hall, Doris.  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Oliver, Olive  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Tajiri, Shinkichi  Search this
750 Studio  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
School of Industrial Design (Trenton, N.J.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. Department of Art  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Merry Renk, 2001 January 18-19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Enamelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women jewelers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11961
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227005
AAA_collcode_renk01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_227005
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Oral history interview with Irena Brynner

Interviewee:
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Craft Students League -- Faculty  Search this
Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Bergman, Franz  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Daniels, Grete  Search this
De Patta, Margaret, 1903-1964  Search this
Faber, Aaron  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur, 1866-1935  Search this
Jeremias, Trudy  Search this
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Resnikoff, Florence Lisa Herman  Search this
Rosene, Caroline Gleick, 1907-  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Winston, Robert, 1915-  Search this
Extent:
67 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 April 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Irena Brynner conducted 2001 April 26-27, by Arline M. Fisch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Brynner's home and studio, New York, New York.
Brynner speaks of her childhood in Vladivostok in Primorski Krai, Russia; her artistic family including her cousin Yul Brynner; fleeing from Russia to Darian (on the southern tip of the Liaotung peninsula, in the Kwantung Leased Territory of Manchuria); her art studies in Lausanne, Switzerland; her father's illness during World War II; moving with her mother to San Francisco in 1946; her studies with Ralph Stackpole and Franz Bergman in San Francisco; her relationship with architect Frank Merwin; teaching art in Catholic schools in San Francisco; her decision to make jewelry after seeing Claire Falkenstein's sculpture; working as an apprentice to Caroline Rosene and Franz Bergman; forming the Metal Arts Guild with Bob Winston, Merry Renk, Florence Resnikoff, Margaret De Patta, and others; and introducing forging and three-dimensional jewelry in the Metal Arts Guild. She also talks about her move to New York City in 1957; acting as her own agent; "open-air art shows" in San Francisco; her first show at Walker & Eberling; starting her own shop; teaching at the Craft Students League and at MoMA's Institute of Modern Art, at Victor D'Amico's invitation, circa 1962; her friendships with students and clients; her book, "Jewelry as an Art Form" (New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979) and its influence; learning to work with a Henes water welder; the treatment of women artists in America; her move to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1972, and the difficulties of starting a shop there; and her return to New York and reestablishing her career in the United States. Brynner also discusses her interest in singing, her voice lessons, her public performances of Russian classical music, and her health.
She comments on the intuitive development of her jewelry; the influence of Margaret De Patta; learning wax techniques from Bob Winston at Mills College; her progression from geometric to organic forms; her large-scale sculpture; her invention of "wrap-around earrings"; her use of niobium in the 1980s; drawing inspiration from Antonio Gaudi, Alberto Jaccometti, and others; involvement with the community of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); craft periodicals; her exhibitions at the Little Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Musée de l'horlogerie et de l'émaillerie in Geneva, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and others; her work in museum collections; serving as a juror; and writing her memoir. Brynner recalls Georg Jensen, Grete Daniels, Trudy Jeremias, Aaron Faber, David Campbell, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Irena Brynner (1917-2003) was a jeweler from New York, New York. Arline M. Fisch (1931- ) is a metalsmith from San Diego, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 41 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Printmakers -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Illustrators -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brynne01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95c304fce-983c-4d4f-95d4-8c5bfadff677
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brynne01
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Oral history interview with Merry Renk

Interviewee:
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
750 Studio  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) -- Students  Search this
Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Mobilia Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
School of Industrial Design (Trenton, N.J.) -- Students  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. Department of Art -- Faculty  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Bates, Kenneth F. (Kenneth Francis), 1904-1994  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Curtis, Earle  Search this
De Patta, Margaret, 1903-1964  Search this
Godfrey, Mary Jo Slick  Search this
Guermonprez, Trude, 1910-1976  Search this
Hall, Doris.  Search this
Nordness, Lee  Search this
Oliver, Olive  Search this
Tajiri, Shinkichi, 1923-2009  Search this
Tawney, Lenore  Search this
Extent:
49 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (sound file (4 min. 15 sec.) Audio excerpt, digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2001 January 18-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merry Renk conducted 2001 January 18-19, by Arline M. Fisch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Renk's home and studio, San Francisco, California.
Renk speaks of her family background; growing up during the Depression; her father's creativity and encouragement; early inspiration from "the structure of nature"; attending the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, N.J., and later the Institute of Design in Chicago; student life at the Institute of Design; establishing a studio and gallery, 750 Studio, at 750 North Dearborn, in Chicago, in 1947, with two other students, Mary Jo Slick [Godfrey] and Olive [Bunny] Oliver; managing 750 Studio and organizing exhibitions of Harry Callahan, Henry Miller, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, Warren and Ethel MacKenzie, Doris Hall, and others; working with enamels; early "primitive" spirals; decision to be a jeweler; the importance of the "wearability" of jewelry; moving to San Francisco in 1948; living in Paris, 1950-1951; relationship with Shinkichi Tajiri; visiting Constantin Brancusi; traveling with Lenore Tawney through Spain and Morocco; settling in San Francisco; friendship with sculptor and neighbor Ruth Asawa; learning about Josef Albers from Asawa, resulting in experiments with folded metal; meeting her second husband, potter Earle Curtis on Halloween 1954; purchasing and remodeling their home; teaching part-time at the University of California, Berkeley and in workshops; her children, Baunnie and Sandra; managing motherhood and jewelry making in a two-artist household; drawing as a form of inventory; the influence of Lee Nordness; learning the plique-à-jour technique of enameling through trial and error; early influence of Doris Hall's work; working with wire; use of natural forms and interlocking forms; the process of making Wedding Crown (1968) for the exhibition Objects USA; making wedding crowns for her daughters; her shift from non-objective art to portraiture and symbolic imagery in the early 1970s; making large-scale sculpture in 1974, then "drifting back" to jewelry; importance of working independently; her "memory paintings" in the 1980s; evolution of her name from Mary Ruth Gibbs to Merry Renk Curtis (married Stanley Renk in 1941); her involvement with local guilds such as the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco and national organizations such as the American Craft Council (ACC); lack of critical writing about her work; the value of exhibitions; various pieces in museum collections; early ACC conferences; her long friendship with photographer Imogen Cunningham; posing for Cunningham; becoming an ACC fellow; her jewelry tools; the process of painting compared to jewelry making. She also mentions Kenneth Bates, Trude Guermonprez, Irena Brynner, the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her mentor Margaret de Patta.
Biographical / Historical:
Merry Renk (1921-2012) was a jeweler, painter, and sculptor from San Francisco, California. Arline M. Fisch (1931-) is a metalsmith from San Diego, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 9 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Enamel and enameling  Search this
Enamelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Jewelers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women jewelers  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.renk01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9db1ea880-0f5e-4937-988b-b95afea04788
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-renk01
Online Media:

hair ornament

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Maker:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
gold
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 11 × 17 × 19 cm (4 5/16 × 6 11/16 × 7 1/2 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
hair ornament
Made in:
USA
Date:
1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq467e37b99-a06c-4e76-aebb-7db7d8fae881
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-1
Online Media:

Necklace

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, faience, stone
Dimensions:
H x W x D (clasped): 24 x 11.5 x 0.8 cm (9 7/16 x 4 1/2 x 5/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Necklace
Made in:
USA
Date:
1950–55
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d7c85e66-7642-4840-924f-43f7fc4664c1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-10
Online Media:

Earrings

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, faience, stone
Dimensions:
(a): 4.5 x 2.7 x 0.7 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 in.)
(b): 4.5 x 2.8 x 0.5 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 3/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Earrings
Made in:
USA
Date:
1950–55
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-11-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq40e5d3d7b-73b3-4310-a9e7-5a0d6106d74d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-11-a_b
Online Media:

Necklace

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, stone, diamonds
Dimensions:
(clasped): 28 x 9 x 1.5 cm (11 in. x 3 9/16 in. x 9/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Necklace
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1963
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-12
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4cb577fc1-929e-45cd-9e55-16d07aef8a3f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-12
Online Media:

Necklace

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, niobium
Dimensions:
Overall: 19.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm (7 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 13/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Necklace
Made in:
USA
Date:
1990
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-13
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq40a7273e9-1f23-48cd-8096-b042bb722912
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-13
Online Media:

Locket and chain

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Ebony, silver, moonstone
Dimensions:
(a: locket): 5.9 x 2.6 x 0.7 cm (2 5/16 in. x 1 in. x 1/4 in.)
(b: chain): 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Locket and chain
Made in:
USA
Date:
1951
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-2-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq46f5e790f-2e09-49ee-991d-1e48cb81339a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-2-a_b
Online Media:

Choker

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 11.2 x 11.1 x 1.9 cm (4 7/16 x 4 3/8 x 3/4 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Choker
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1953
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4c7c244c7-bd4e-472b-9bb7-c39fe74e3120
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-3
Online Media:

Brooch

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Silver, quartz
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 1.6 x 4.9 cm (5/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Brooch
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-4
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq494debd96-851c-4d78-9ae7-dfacc4032f5d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-4
Online Media:

Neckband

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 x 14 x 2.1 cm (6 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 13/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Neckband
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1952
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq481cc0aeb-ca36-4128-a431-f24a29bb9b52
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-5
Online Media:

Brooch

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, eucalyptus bark
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7.1 x 2.8 x 0.6 cm (2 13/16 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Brooch
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1953
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq425629f36-3a98-4968-9f0e-f8a16a8858b0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-6
Online Media:

Ring

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 3 x 9 x 1.9 cm (1 3/16 x 3 9/16 x 3/4 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Ring
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1951
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f017e993-fd48-4c6c-975e-f10daf19ccd0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-7
Online Media:

Necklace

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold, blue opal
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm (9 13/16 x 5 1/4 x 1/2 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
Necklace
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1968
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-8-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq46e735b69-416b-4e0b-8f19-7583fe2ffcd5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-8-a_b
Online Media:

Wrap Around Earrings

Designer:
Irena Brynner, American, b. Russia, 1917 - 2003  Search this
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 9.2 x 5.8 x 1.5 cm (3 5/8 x 2 5/16 x 9/16 in.)
Type:
jewelry
Decorative Arts
earrings
Object Name:
earrings
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1959
Credit Line:
Gift of Irena Brynner
Accession Number:
1991-165-9-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Irena Brynner 1991
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4bb3084fa-4b10-4037-b8ca-99a7c5e76f64
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1991-165-9-a_b
Online Media:

Brooch

Artist:
Irena Brynner, born Vladivostok, Russia 1917-died New York City 2003  Search this
Medium:
18k gold and Egyptian faience
Dimensions:
1 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 7/8 in. (3.4 x 8.5 x 2.3 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1969
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1999.52
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7a715cdea-2363-419f-be51-aefd00e26da4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1999.52

Irena Brynner papers, 1914-2003

Creator:
Brynner, Irena F., 1917-2003  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Sound recordings
Diaries
Citation:
Irena Brynner papers, 1914-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
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(DSI-AAA_CollID)11591
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249519
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Theme:
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Women
Craft
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Photograph of Irena Brynner showing jewelry to Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, and Cecil B. DeMille on the set of the movie "The Ten Commandments"

Subject:
Brynner, Irena F.  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1956
Citation:
Photograph of Irena Brynner showing jewelry to Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, and Cecil B. DeMille on the set of the movie "The Ten Commandments", circa 1956. Irena Brynner papers, 1914-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)22716
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Irena Brynner papers, 1914-2003
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Archives of American Art
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