An arts and crafts sapphire and diamond brooch, Frank Gardner Hale, circa 1910
signed F.G.Hale; mounted in fourteen karat gold; length: 1 1/2in.
Frank Gardner Hale (1876-1945), was one of the earliest and most important metalcrafters in the Arts & Crafts movement. He was a student of C. R. Ashbee in England, and later taught another of the movement's key figures, Edward Everett Oakes, who apprenticed in Hale's Boston studio, which he set up in 1907. He achieved Master from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in 1908 and in 1915 was given the Bronze Medal for excellence. In 1917, he was awarded both the Silver Medalist at Pan Pacific Exposition and the Frank Logan Prize. Singularly skilled among his peers, his work is typified by innovative and harmonious arrangements of colors and shapes, handwrought with technical perfection.