Fabergé Enameled Gold-Mounted Nephrite Double Photograph Frame
Workmaster Henrik Wigström, St. Petersburg, circa 1908
Of rectangular form, with two oval apertures the bezels enameled in alternating bands of opaque white and translucent red enamel, encircled by a gold knotted ropework mount with tasseled ends, the reverse with simulated ivory backs and a gold scroll strut, with no visible date mark. Height 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm), width 5 inches (12.7 cm).
Sara Roosevelt Wilford (1932-2021) was the first of two daughters born to Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney (1908-1998) and James Roosevelt (1907-1991), the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) and Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). Mrs. Wilford's adoptive father was John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904-1982), born to one of the most prominent American families of the twentieth century.
Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, in addition to managing their many business and philanthropic interests, amassed an important collection of Impressionist and Modern art, which included works by Sargent, Degas, van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Following Mrs. Whitney's death, many of the works were dispersed to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Sara Roosevelt married Anthony di Bonaventura (1929-2012), a pianist and Professor of Music at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She later married Ronald Wilford (1927-2015), the president of Columbia Artists who managed the careers of some of the world's finest conductors and performers, including Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Horowitz and Mstislav Rostropovich.
As a member of the Sarah Lawrence College faculty, Mrs. Wilford taught courses connecting child development theory to educational practice and developed or led a number of programs at the college in the areas of children, childhood, and education.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Wilford served as a frequent keynote speaker at seminars and conferences on early childhood development, contributed to numerous scholastic articles, and authored three books on childhood learning.
C The Estate of Sara Roosevelt Wilford
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