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Betty Cooke American Modernist Sterling Silver Tube Necklace



Sterling silver tube and dot necklace created by Betty Cooke of Baltimore, Maryland. Necklace is comprised of sterling silver tubes and a pendant topped off with three dots at its end. Light as a feather and easy to wear. The necklace measures 30" including the pendant. Signed Cooke on the back of one dots. In very good vintage condition. Photograph of Ms. Cooke was taken by Mike Morgan. Betty Cooke was born in Baltimore in 1924 and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 1946 and teaching there until 1968. Betty Cooke began her career designing furniture, handbags, and household accessories. When she began designing jewelry, she drove around the country trying to sell her jewelry designs to museums and shops that carried the designs of Knoll and Herman Miller, as very few boutiques for modernist jewelry existed at the time. Her works have much in common with the clean, organic simplicity and “good design” ethos of American modernism; the influences of the New Bauhaus, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and fellow jewelry designer Margaret De Patta are felt in Cooke’s stylish, approachable works, which often feature kinetic elements and combinations of different metals and woods. Her work is held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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