Renard Koehnemann collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1913–1991

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

.5 linear foot (2 boxes) consisting of design drawings for chalice ornamentation by Renard Koehnemann, photographs of his chalices custom-made for ecclesiastical use, and writings pertaining to Koehnemann‘s religious and artistic philosophy and information on chalices for clients. The collection also includes published materials and correspondence about Robert Riddle Jarvie.

Biographical Historical Note

Renard Koehnemann was a silversmith noted for his chalices in the arts-and-crafts tradition. Koehnemann was particularly inspired by early 20th-century Arts and Crafts works by such artists as Robert Riddle Jarvie.

Robert Riddle Jarvie was a self-taught metalsmith in the Arts and Crafts movement in Chicago. Between 1904 and 1917, he operated the Jarvie Shop, designing and creating decorative objects in copper, iron, bronze, silver and gold.

Additional Notes

Related collection for Robert Jarvie: Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department management records [manuscript], 1870s-1997, Chicago Historical Society.