Matilija Poppy Brooch Auction at Sotheby’s

Matilija Poppy Brooch Auction at Sotheby’s

Matilija Poppy Sold at Sotheby's NY

What a wonderful conclusion to our journey! Tom Herman and I, as well as the Mendocino Art Center, are thrilled with the Auction at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels 2019, in NY. Carol Elkins and her staff were fantastic, and I believe we excelled because of their wonderful establishment!

If you have been following The Matilija Poppy Brooch you can understand how wonderful these results are for all of the amazing artists involved in this project. You can read about our journey here.

In our journey of studying the masters of the past, after we fell in love with the Ada brooch, we realized that magnificent jewels in their time were not created by one person.

With our passion for this jewel strong at heart, we were invited to teach at the Mendocino Art Center. Tom had an idea that if we taught jointly, him chasing and saw piercing, and I teach plique a jour enameling, we could stay on afterward and have open studio time for students while we worked together on a jewel.

This jewel was the Matilija Poppy Brooch!


After spending 2017 in Tom’s studio and 2018 in my studio, Tom and I created this beautiful jewel of 18k gold and fine enamels. Approx. 3” x 5” All proceeds from the auction are a donation to the Mendocino Art Center from the artists.

Tom Herman and Patsy Croft are very happy!

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Matilija Poppy Brooch

Tom Herman and Patsy Croft at the conclusion of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction