Bonnie Kelsey (1955-2017)
Earrings and necklace with Art Nouveau medallion
Donated by Lewis Chapman


Bonnie Kelsey (1955-2017) was an active member of the Noble Maritime Collection.  She sang alto with A Helluva Choir and participated in our annual Culture Shop.  A former editor, she also was an actress, artist, and jewelry maker, and an example of her work is on tonight’s auction block.  Donated in her memory by her husband, Lewis Chapman, the earrings and necklace feature an Art Nouveau medallion depicting a scarab, which the Ancient Egyptians thought to be a divine manifestation of the sun, and therefore a symbol of rebirth.  Chapman described his wife’s unique approach to life when he said that “…Bonnie was stylish, creative, and practical; down to earth… When Bonnie had a passion for something, she just did it.  No nonsense.  She could design a room in an afternoon.  Her Christmas trees were always unique and funny.  She could take a piece of furniture we found on the streets of Brooklyn and make it look like it came out of an Venetian Palazzo.”