The Estate of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., December 5, 1979, lot 62.
Sotheby's New York, December 10, 1985, lot 211.
This neckace was formerly in the Estate of Mrs. Garvan whose husband, Francis Patrick Garvan (1875-1937), was a distinguished lawyer and long-time president of the Chemical Foundation. In 1929, he received the Priestley Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Chemical Society, and was the only non-scientist to do so. Garvan also established the Society's Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal in 1936 to "recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists."
Garvan married Mabel Brady in 1910 and the couple had seven children. Mabel Brady Garvan was involved with the Garvan-Olin Medal for thirty years after her husband's death. In addition to their philanthropy in chemistry, a vast collection of early American arts and crafts known as the Mabel B. Garvan Collection was donated to Yale University which remains one of the most comprehensive in the nation.
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