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A sale to remember

The remarkable Schorsch collection of mourning jewellery heads this week’s jewellery feature. Roland Arkell reports

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Anita (1930-2015) and Irvin Garfield Schorsch (1927-2014) were not typical Americana collectors.

The Schorsch family’s $10.3m collection sold by Sotheby’s across five sessions in January 2016 betrayed a broad range of interests – including a remarkable sensitivity towards mourning art. The last two lots of the Sotheby’s sale – a gold brooch ($47,500) and a ring ($30,000) both said to contain strands of George Washington’s hair – had been the tip of the iceberg.

Mourning jewellery, much of it produced in the period in the formative years of the US, has traditionally found particular resonance among collectors in North America.

Anita Schorsch was the author in 1976 of Mourning Becomes America: Mourning Art in the New Nation, the book that accompanied an exhibition of the same name at the Pennsylvania State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

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