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The Helen Williams Drutt Collection

Helen W. Drutt, a pioneering scholar, dealer, and professor in the modern and contemporary craft movement, assembled a collection of jewelry that is recognized internationally for its depth and quality. Dating to 1963 and created by 175 artists from around the world, the innovative objects are fashioned from materials as diverse as Coca-Cola bottles, knitting needles, antlers, PVC, and book paper. The MFAH acquired the collection in 2002. Among the artists represented in depth are Peter Chang, Stanley Lechtzin, Albert Paley, and Wendy Ramshaw.

 
PETER CHANG
Bracelet
Acrylic, PVC, found objects, and polystyrene foam
1992
BERNHARD SCHOBINGER
"Scherben vom Moritzplatz Berlin" Necklace
Antique crystal beads, television bulbs, German Coca-Cola bottles, silver, and steel wire
1983-84
JANNA SYVÄNOJA
Necklace
Book paper, metal, cloth board, and fiber cord
1994
JOYCE J. SCOTT
"The Sneak" Necklace
Beads and thread
1989
WENDY RAMSHAW
Ringstand with Nine Rings and Base
18k gold, garnets, pink sapphires, rubies, acrylic, and brass
1977
MANFRED BISCHOFF
"René Descartes" Ring
Mirrored glass, coral, gold, and copper alloy
1998
ALBERT PALEY
Double Fibula Brooch
Gold, silver, bronze, pearls, moonstone, and Madagascar labradorite
1968
STANLEY LECHTZIN
Torque 22-D Neckpiece
Sterling silver and polyester resin
1971