Jewels Of The Season: Holidays At The Timken

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Jewels Of The Season: Holidays At The Timken
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JEWELS of the SEASON: Holidays at the Timken

Delight in a dazzling display of exquisite handcrafted ornaments covered with semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree. Choreographed by San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film the Hord & Schlappi Collection of elaborate ornaments embrace another dimension as they float and sparkle at the Timken.

Since 1988, the Timken Museum of Art's annual holiday tree has featured the Hord & Schlappi collection of ornaments, designed and handcrafted by local artists Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi. Florence Hord, wife to world renown sculptor Donald Hord, began making ornaments in the 1930’s. In 1959, Florence invited family friend Elizabeth Schlappi to aid her efforts, and together they grew the collection to over 2,000 ornaments in the course of 80 years.

Each ornament features semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the two artists from around the world. Often compared to Fabergéeggs, the elaborate designs and patterns require anywhere from two days to two weeks to create a single piece. The extensive variation in shapes, colors and designs reflect the broad subject matter of the collection. In fact, Florence and Elizabeth were inspired by their roots in San Diego, personal interests and travel and the ornaments were crafted as expressions of their experiences.

We invite Timken patrons to look closely at the tree to discover historic San Diego monuments, jeweled trees, exotic animals and whimsical figures and enjoy this annual tradition that continues to inspire generations.

On view December 2 – 31, 2106
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By: Timken Museum of Art

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