|Miriam Haskell Abalone, shell necklace. Signed. Sarara Vintage Image.|
|Antiquehelper.com image. All rights reserved.Miriam Haskell Clips. Circa 1937.|
Miriam Haskell Shell Necklace hang tag. photo Sarara Vintage.
Auction houses, collectors and enthusiasts refer to the images in order to validate some pieces. Antiquehelper.com an auction house, has an archive which they have since sold that combined some original jewelry or similar styles with the drawings/watercolors. See the antiquehelper images above and below. Morning Glory Antiques also has one of the best digital archives and jewelry combination photograph archives that I have seen. These are all from private collections and cannot be copied via internet but for study see their site: Haskell illustrations/Jewelry.
|Photographs courtesy of antiquehelper.com|
There is not a great deal about Larry Austin which is known. He was hired to create such pieces as ads for her line to be displayed in shops or for publication. In fact since these were mostly unsigned it is hard to sometimes say if he did them or not. Experts assess the artwork's style to try to attribute authorship. Her jewelry company did contract various artists to do drawings and watercolors or illustrations. One of my favorites is this Egyptian bib style set and watercolor.
|1940s illustration attributed to Larry Austin. Wearing Turquoise bead Miriam Haskell set. Photograph Courtesy of antiquehelper.com|
When Miriam became ill in the 1950s her protege Frank Hess took over the reins in terms of design. The quality of the designs remained. Many of the images discussed and attributed to Larry Austin contain designs by Frank Hess.
1940s illustration depicting jewelry designs by Frank Hess. Photo Courtesy of antiquehelper.com
The ownership of Miriam Haskell was changed in the 80s. You can read more about Miriam Haskell and gain knowledge of her designs in several books and guides, here are two examples.
Costume Jewellery: The Jewels of Miriam Haskell [Hardcover]Deanna Farneti Cera 2013- new less expensive version coming out of popular and expensive 1993 edition!
Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff.
More Larry Austin Watercolor Photographs Courtesy of Antique Helper:
|1940s Larry Austin Watercolor of Miriam Haskell Clip and Bracelet.|
|Circa 1937 Miriam Haskell drawing. Author unknown.|