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Valentine's Jewelry & Art Auction

Tue, Feb 6, 2024 01:00PM EST
Lot 109

James H. Winn Hammered 10K Bracelet w/ Cabochon

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$250 $25
$1,000 $50
$2,000 $100
$4,000 $250
$10,000 $500
$20,000 $1,000
$50,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
$500,000 $10,000

Gold Bracelet:

Measures 2 1/2" across and the Green Cabochon stone is 8mm


Note: There has been a repair to the bracelet as seen in the second photo. It is monogrammed on the interior and dates to 1906.

James H. Winn's contributions to the Arts & Crafts movement as both a jeweler and a teacher are noteworthy. Born in 1866, he underwent artistic training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the guidance of the renowned Louis J. Millet. Millet's influence extended to other notable students, including Clara Barck Wells (the Kalo Shop), Rose and Minnie Dolese (the Wilro Shop), and Jessie Preston. Winn commenced his career in 1895 as a jewelry manufacturer. In 1905, he established a studio in Chicago's Fine Arts Building, where he not only crafted jewelry but also imparted his knowledge as a teacher. This dual role continued until 1929, at which point he relocated to California. Examining Winn's body of work, one can observe an evolution in style. His early pieces bear the imprint of Art Nouveau, characterized by flowing lines and organic motifs. In contrast, his later creations exhibit a shift towards more geometric designs, aligning with the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. Winn's legacy is thus marked by his skillful craftsmanship, artistic evolution, and significant influence on both the creation and teaching aspects of the Arts & Crafts movement during the early 20th century.

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