The Paul & Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry
Sunday, May 5, 2019
11 AM CDT
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is honored to represent The Paul & Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, we will offer a single-owner catalog sale, which will include a carefully curated selection from the largest private collection of American Arts and Crafts metalwork and jewelry. The sale will also include works by modern and contemporary silversmiths and makers.
After growing up in Philadelphia and attending Reed College in Portland, Paul Somerson established himself in New York City. During the 1980s, he was one of the primary editors at PC Magazine. He also published the bestselling computer reference, DOS Power Tools. From 1991 to 2000, Paul was the editor-in-chief of PC/Computing magazine and he helped found the UK version of PC Magazine.
In 2001, Paul left the publishing world and started Chicago Silver, which focused on early 20th century American Arts and Crafts metalwork and jewelry. Although Paul had no preexisting familiarity with the field, he eventually became a leading expert. Relocating for a time to California, Paul and his wife Terry collected Stickley furniture, art pottery tiles, and vintage photography as well as silver and metal objects.
Above all, Paul became enamored with the hollowware and jewelry produced by Chicago’s renowned Kalo Shop. The Chicago Silver website that Paul went on to create became an exhaustive resource for items by Kalo and other makers. Paul was a passionate connoisseur who felt compelled to share his vast knowledge in order to preserve the historic legacy of Arts and Crafts silversmith and metalwork design techniques.
On May 25, 2018, Paul passed away unexpectedly at home in Westport, Massachusetts at age 68. He is survived by his wife Terry, his son Sam, his sister Rosanne, and his Aunt Betty as well as several extended family members. We were deeply saddened to learn of Paul’s death at the time, but it is an esteemed privilege to present a significant portion of The Paul & Terry Somerson Collection to new and established collectors alike.
Separate from the material available in the May 5 auction, a range of items from the collection are part of an exhibit running now at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” (November 17, 2018 – March 29, 2020). In addition, other items will be on loan for an exhibit at the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, a 137,000 square-foot facility currently under development in St. Petersburg, Florida. The exhibit is scheduled to open in December 2019.
Makers Included in the May 5 Auction
Bjarne Becker (B.B.) Anderson · Boyden-Minuth · Brandt · Edward Henry Breese · Carence Crafters · Carson and Barnum · Rebecca Cauman · Cellini Shop · Chicago Art Silver Shop · Chicago Silver Co. · Doris Cliff · John Comstock · Emily A. Day · Carl Charles Dyer · Eicher Studio · Forest Craft Guild · Laurence Foss · Frost Workshop · Hazel B. French · Clemens Friedell · Isadore Victor Friedman · Mary Gage · George Germer · Guild of Handicraft · Frank G. Hale · Matthias Hanck · Josef Heinrichs · Robert Riddle Jarvie · Julmat · Kalo Shop · Mary Knight · Sam Kramer · Lebolt & Co. · Karl F. Leinonen · Paul Lobel · Marshall Field & Co. · Mulholland Brothers · Falick Novick · Edward Oakes · Gilbert Oakes · Susan Oakes Peabody · Odd Kraft Shop · Yngve Harald Olsson · Ronald Pearson · Lillian Pines · Potter-Mellen · Jessie Preston · Julius Olaf Randahl · Lucy Twyman Rockwell · Margaret Rogers · Rokesley Shop · Clifford Russell · Lona P. Schaeffer · Peer Smed · Arthur Stone · TC Shop · George Henry Trautman · Tre-O Shop · Madeleine Turner · Gertrude Twichell · L.H. Vaughan · Volund · Mildred Watkins · Albert Wehde · Ed Wiener · James Winn · & Others
Sunday, May 5, 2019
11 AM CDT