Large, beautifully designed, gold cufflinks
with amethysts by Art Smith; each is about 1-1/8" x 7/8"; constructed in
two layers so the amethyst cabochons float in between; has
Smith patination on parts of the gold; findings are marked "14K" and
cufflinks are marked "Art Smith" (in script); cufflinks come from a
private New York collection of a couple who purchased these and other
pieces directly from Smith; fine condition.
It is rare to find gold cufflinks by Art Smith and the design of this pair rivals any I've seen by Smith or by any other jewelers of note.
SOLD (Item #M1027)
Art Smith (1917-1982) was a New
York silversmith who's African American heritage influenced his
sculptural jewelry forms. More than any other modernist jeweler
of his day, Art Smith was concerned with ornamenting the human form.
His primitive-inspired, biomorphic constructions can only be truly
understood in relation to the body. "A piece of jewelry, he said,
"is a whatisit? until you relate it to the body...Like line, form
and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the
basic inspirations in creating form...(the question is) not how do
bracelets go, but what can be done with an arm?"
Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, The Wearable Art Movement.