Betty Cooke b. 1924

Betty Cooke was born in Baltimore in 1924 and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 1946 and teaching there until 1968. Betty Cooke began her career designing furniture, handbags, and household accessories. When she began designing jewelry, she drove around the country trying to sell her jewelry designs to museums and shops that carried the designs of Knoll and Herman Miller, as very few boutiques for modernist jewelry existed at the time. Her works have much in common with the clean, organic simplicity and “good design” ethos of American modernism; the influences of the New Bauhaus, Harry Bertoia, Isamu Noguchi and fellow jewelry designer Margaret De Patta are felt in Cooke’s stylish, approachable works, which often feature kinetic elements and combinations of different metals and woods. The Store Ltd., which Cooke established with her husband in 1965, still exists today in Baltimore. Her work is held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Auction Results Betty Cooke

BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,360
BETTY COOKE, bracelet | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

bracelet

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,920
BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,755
BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,250
BETTY COOKE, kinetic pin | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

kinetic pin

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,125
BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $2,000–3,000
BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $3,000–4,000
BETTY COOKE, necklace | wright20.com

Betty Cooke

necklace

estimate: $2,000–3,000