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MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1930-1960
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FORM & FUNCTION
American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

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Click here to read my interview with Collector's Weekly regarding American Modernist Jewelry

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Please visit my Special Collections section for unique, mid 20th century and contemporary pieces by Bob Winston, Brents Carlton, Betty Cooke, Ronald Hayes Pearson, Arthur Vierthaler, Ward Bennett, Margaret De Patta, David Jones, Jack Nutting, merry renk, Mary Schimpff, Harry Bertoia, Howard Schleeter, Winifred Clark Shaw, and Winfield Fine Art in Jewelry.

Josephine and Antoinette Catanzaro were sisters from a large Sicilian family from Buffalo, New York.  In the 1950s, through a course in jewelry making, the sisters discovered a lifetime passion for metalworking. In 1959, they opened a shop called The house of Crafts in Buffalo where they had an onsite studio for creating their own pieces in silver and gold.  they exhibited their work, widely, in the U.S. and sold through retail craft outlets in New York and Boston.

Information about the Josephine and Antoinette Catanzaro and photographs of their work can be found in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and theri work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

TONI CATANZARO STERLING TIE BAR

 Fabulous, sculptural tie bar by mid 20th century American jeweler, Toni Catanzaro; about 2-1/2" long 1/4"wide; marked: "TONI CATANZARO;" fine condition with great patina.

$250.00 (item #SMM021)

Idella La Vista was a talented and dedicated artist who created jewelry and owned a shop where she sold her work and promoted artists from other disciplines.  In the 1950's, her shop and studio was at 44 West 54th Street in New York City.  (Read more about La Vista in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, beginning on page 161. Her work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

IDELLA LA VISTA HANDMADE STERLING & PEARL RING

A fabulous sterling and pearl ring by mid 20th century American studio jeweler, Idella La Vista, about size 5-1/2; top is approximately 1-5/8" x 5/8"; marked: "LA VISTA, STERLING; fine condition.

This ring is pictured in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970.
 
SOLD (item #SMML001)

IDELLA LA VISTA STERLING AND GREEN STONE PIN

A lovely mid 20th century design by Idella La Vista; handmade sterling pin with green stone; about 1-1/8" x 1-1/4"; marked: "LA VISTA, STERLING;" fine condition.

$295.00 (item #SMM050)

Earl Pardon (1926-1991) was first and foremost an artist who transferred ideas back and forth between the fine and plastic arts and was involved with both large-scale sculpture and jewelry, joining his love of painting and metalsmithing through his colorful enamel work.

Pardon attended Memphis Academy of Arts in 1951 and received a M.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University.  His was recognized early-on for his work in jewelry; he received a scholarship to the 4th National Silversmith's Conference sponsored by Handy and Harman, and his work was included in exhibits throughout the United States including American Jewelry and Related Objects, a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian in 1955.

Throughout his long career, which included designing for Towle Silvermiths, teaching art and metalsmithing in university settings, and taking part in numerous, prestigious exhibits, Pardon was recognized as one of the most important artist/jewelers of his time. 

His work is featured in every major book on American mid 20th century studio jewelry.  Biographies of Earl Pardon and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

EARLY EARL PARDON ENAMEL BROOCH

Charming, early Earl Pardon enamel brooch from 1955 (according to his son, Tod, this piece was most likely an instructional piece for his students--thus the "E.P." signature), about 2" x 1"; fine condition with no chips to the enamel; marked: "E.P. 1955;"

SOLD (item #SMM101)

LARGE EARL PARDON STERLING SILVER, ENAMEL & 18K GOLD PIN

A great example of the work of Earl Pardon; large, sterling and 18K gold pin with enamels and faceted stones; enameling has a wonderful, whimsical abstract design; slightly over 3-1/2" long x 1-3/8" wide (at the widest section);  three faceted stones--two blue and one deep pink; fine condition except for two of the small bottom small plaques which are missing about half of their enamels; this can probably be easily repaired.

SOLD (item #VK001)

Ronald Hayes Pearson (d. 1977) is known for his clean modernist designs in silver, bronze and gold.  He studied metalsmithing at the School for American Craftsmen under Philip Morton in the late 1940s.  In the 1950s, along with silversmith Jack Prip and woodworker Tage Frid, Pearson opened Shop One.  Though Pearson never "joined academia" he taught classes at schools such as Haystack and Black Mountain College.  Pearson supported himself, his entire life, as a full time craftsman.  His work was included in many prestigious exhibits and won many grants, prizes and awards throughout his lifetime.

Information about Ronald Pearson and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books: Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970  and Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

The following five pieces are from an older collection and were purchased when the jeweler was still creating.

RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING COLLAR

A great and unusual, hammered, sterling collar by Ronald Hayes Pearson; about 12" around; front section comes down about 1-1/4"; fine condition; marked: "PEARSON, STERLING."

$450.00 (item #MB001) NEW!

RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING BANGLE

Three bangles in one by Ronald Hayes Pearson; inside diameter about 2-1/2" (fits a small wrist); marked: "PEARSON STERLING;" fine condition.

$575.00.00 (item #MB0020) NEW!
RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING EARRINGS

Sculptural, sterling screwback earrings by Ronald Hayes Pearson; each is about 5/8" x 1/4"; each is marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;" fine condition.

$195.00 (item #MB0020) NEW!
RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING EARRINGS

Sterling earrings by Ronald Hayes Pearson; each is about 1-1/2" long (including screwback ball tops; each is marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;" fine condition.

$195.00 (item #MB0020) NEW!
RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING PIN

Modernist, three-dimensional cast sterling pin by Ronald Hayes Pearson, c. 1950s; about 1-3/4" x 1-1/2"; marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;" fine condition with patina intact.

$275.00 (item #PC005)  

RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING & GREEN STONE PIN & EARRINGS

A sleek, modern pin and earrings by Ronald Hayes Pearson with green stones; pin (designed like a fibula without a catch) is approximately 2-5/8" x 1-1/2", earrings are each 1-3/4" long, excluding wires; pin is marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;' earrings are unmarked; all are in fine condition.

This set, and the earrings, above, come directly from the estate of Marguerite H.  Antell (1923-2011). Antell was lived her entire life in the New York area. She was an artist/sculptor who knew many of the creative artists of her time, including Ronald Pearson, from whom she acquired these pieces.

She was also the original owner of the Mushroom House in Perinton, NY, designed and built in 1970 by architect James Johnson. The house has has been designated a National Landmark.

SOLD (item #KZM002)

RONALD HAYES PEARSON STERLING PIN

 Ronald Hayes Pearson sterling pin, c.1960s; the design contrasts smooth and textured silver; about 1-3/4" x 7/8"; marked: "STERLING, R.H. PEARSON," some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$250.00 (item #SMM024)

RONALD PEARSON HAMMERED STERLING NECKRING

Hammered sterling neckring by Ronald Hayes Pearson; purchased from the artist in the 1960s; about 6-1/2" X 5-1/16" with 2" opening; marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;" fine condition.

$395.00 (item #YL002)  

Jules  Brenner (1917-1991), a native of New York City, began his career as a painter and sculptor, but later, after working with Ed Wiener in Provincetown, turned to jewelry-making as his main focus.  Beginning in 1953, he had a store in Greenwich Village for which he created modernist pieces, mostly in silver.  In 1963, he moved his shop to Lexington Avenue and began working in gold, casting many pieces using the lost-wax process.  He moved permanently to Provincetown in 1974 where he worked until his death in 1991.

Biographies of Jules Brenner and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

JULES BRENNER STERLING NECKLACE, PIN, & EARRINGS SET

Beautiful sterling set by mid 20th century American artist/jeweler, Jules Brenner; star-shaped and very biomorphic--more like a starfish--pin is about 2-1/4" x  2/1/4"; earrings and pendant are approximately 7/8" x 7/8", pendant is on a 16" sterling chain; marked: "JULES BRENNER, STERLING;" fine condition.

$450.00 (item #SMM023)

Esther Lewittes was a Los Angeles, California studio jeweler who worked in the mid 20th Century modernist style. Her work was included in the exhibition: "Structure and Ornament, American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1960" at the Fifty-50 Gallery, New York, 1984.  Her work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and her work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.

ESTHER LEWITTES STERLING AND EBONY CUFFLINKS

A sleek, elegant pair of Esther Lewittes sterling and ebony cufflinks; about 1" x 3/4"; signed: "Lewittes, STERLING;" fine condition.

$275.00 (item #BR004)

ESTHER LEWITTES STERLING, CORAL & BEAD EARRINGS

Handmade earrings by mid-20th century California jeweler, Esther Lewittes; sterling with coral and bead (may be hematite); each is about slightly over 2-1/4" long; marked: "LEWITTES, STER;" posts for pierced ears; fine condition.

$250.00 (item #M0330)
ESTHER LEWITTES STERLING & PEARL PIN

Great mid 20th century sterling pin with pearls by Esther Lewittes; about 2-1/8" x 1-1/16" wide; marked indistinctly: "LEWITTES", also marked: "STERLING & EL;" nice patina, fine condition."

$335.00 (item #M0339)

Ed Levin (1921-2008) was a successful artist/jeweler who began creating jewelry in the late 1940s in New York City. In 1950, he founded Ed Levin Jewelry in New York and, in 1953, moved to Shaftsbury, Vermont, and later, in 1964, moved his workshop to Bennington, Vermont where he opened a retail shop. In 1968, he moved his wholesale business to Cambridge, New York where he used production methods to create his jewelry. His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 .

Please see www.modernsilver.com/edlevintribute.htm

ED LEVIN STERLING & 14K GOLD BAND

A lovely, and very wearable sterling and 14K gold band by Ed Levin with deep relief of leaves and branches; about size 7; band is 1/2" wide; marked: "Ed Levin (in script), 14K/STERLING; fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPM200)

ED LEVIN STERLING PETROGLYPH PENDANT

A wonderful, early, sterling Ed Levin petroglyph pendant, c. 1950s-60s, about 1-5/8" diameter; weighs about 25 grams; marked: "LEVIN, STERLING;" fine condition.

This pendant was featured in Levin's jewelry catalog from Bennington Vermont in the "Primitive" section and is pictured in my book, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement on page 79.

$235.00 (item #AAM001)

Sam Kramer (1913-1964) is best-known for his unconventional modernist jewelry, much of it biomorphic or anthropomorphic in design. He studied jewelry making at the University of Southern California in the 1930s.  He studied gemology at New York University in 1939 and, that same year opened his own shop in Greenwich Village, later moving to West Eighth Street.  His jewelry is unique and truly sculptural.  It continues to be sought after by collectors of mid 20th Century handmade modernist jewelry.

His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

SAM KRAMER SURREALISTIC STERLING BIRD PIN WITH STONE

A great example of the surrealistic work of Sam Kramer; sterling bird pin with faceted, stone eye—may be a light amethyst; pin is about 2-1/2" x 1-1/8"; good weight and patina; marked with Kramer's mushroom mark and "STERLING;" fine condition.

$950.00 (item #MKM001)

SAM KRAMER STERLING CUFFLINKS

Substantial  Sam Kramer sterling cufflinks, c. 1940s-50s; layered biomorphic, three-dimensional design; about 1" x 7/8"; stamped with Kramer's mushroom stamp; fine condition.

SOLD (item #BR003)

SAM KRAMER STERLING PIN WITH COPPER AND AGATE

A great, early surrealist Sam Kramer brooch; sterling with copper and agate; purchased directly from Sam Kramer in the 1940s in Greenwich Village; approximately 1-1/2" square; marked with Kramer's mushroom mark and "STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #NM001)

1948 SAM KRAMER-LIKE THREE-DIMENSIONAL STERLING BROOCH

Great surrealistic Sam Kramer-like three-dimensional sterling brooch; about 2-/2" long x 1-1/4"; marked with indelible marker on back: "made by P. H. B. 1948; nice patina, some surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$265.00 (item #HPM001)

Ruth Berridge (1921-2004) was an American modernist jewelry designer who worked out of her apartment/studio on East 82nd Street in New York during the 1950s and 1960s. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and also studied with Danish-trained jeweler, Adda Husted-Andersen in New York.

She made earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and hair combs.  She also made men’s jewelry including cuff links.  Perhaps her signature look can be considered the silver mobile jewelry , especially earrings, that sway with the wearer’s movement.
 Handmade of sterling silver and spring wire, the delicately balanced mobiles were called modern sculpture in miniature and made with and without rhinestone or crystal accents.  Ruth originated this design that was sold through Niemann Marcus as well as by such avant-garde shops as Design Research in New York; The Upper Story in Cambridge; and Nanny’s in San Francisco.  

 Also see: Jewelry in Motion, the Modernist Art of Ruth Berridge by Jacqueline Rehmann

RUTH BERRIDGE MOBILE EARRINGS

A fabulous pair of mobile earrings by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, Ruth Berridge (please see "Jewelry in Motion, the Jewelry of Ruth Berridge, MODERN SILVER magazine, Fall/Winter 2009-2010).  They are so much fun to wear and very comfortable--soft, old fashioned clips hold them without worry!  Each is about 3-1/2" long and is marked: "BERRIDGE, HANDMADE, STERLING;" fine condition with lovely patina.

Her mobile jewelry was once described as “eye-catching adornments which float in the air even when the wearer’s head is still and seem to have a life of their own.”  Ruth herself said of her mobile earrings, “they behave like a flock of birds.” 

From:  Ruth Berridge, Jewelry in Motion, MODERN SILVER magazine, Fall/Winter 2009-2010

SOLD (item #WSM005)

Robert and Audrey Engstrom are known for their unique, handmade jewelry both in silver and in enamel on copper. They worked independently, but it is difficult to know which partner (they were husband and wife) created the pieces on my website, though the enamel work was probably mostly done by Audrey.  More information, photographs and a short biography can be found in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and their work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008. See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.

ENAMEL ON COPPER WITH STERLING, SET BY ROBERT & AUDREY ENGSTROM

This is by far the most interesting enamel set by Robert & Audrey Engstrom that I have seen; enamel on copper bracelet and screwback earrings with an excellent modernist design that includes applied silver; bracelet is about 7" long x 1" wide; pendant-type earrings are each approximately 1-3/4" long; all pieces are in fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel; there is a little roughness to the edges, but that appears to be mostly original to the making of the piece.

If I was picking an enamel set for a museum show from their oeuvre, this would be it!

$650.00 (item #SMME001)

Orville Chat (1924-2007) graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1931.  His jewelry was mostly done in sterling silver in combination with imported woods, beach pebbles, petrified wood, agate, shell, and semi-precious and precious stones. He exhibited his jewelry at the the Walker Art Center in 1955.

Chatt a taught crafts at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, New York for twenty-five years, beginning in 1964.  He was honored with an Award for Excellence for jewelry arts and education by the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington and was an honorary lifetime member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen.

HANDMADE, VINTAGE, ORVILLE CHATT STERLING & STONE LONG NECKLACE

A magnificent long necklace by Orville Chatt with handwrought silver, bone, red jasper, and lapis—a truly great work of art!  Pendant section is 7-1/4" long; chain part is about 30" overall; fine condition, no marks. 

This piece was purchased directly from Orville Chatt in the 1970s and has not been on the market previously. 

$450.00 (item #SMM0101) NEW!

Hurst Kingsbury ( Joan Hurst and Jill Kingsbury) were two exceptional woman designers who created modernist jewelry in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s.  Their work was usually constructed from cut, biomorphic shapes.  Joan Hurst was a graduate of the Art Students League and Jill Kingsbury was influenced by the art of theatre and dance.  Their pieces were always well designed and are of good quality.  They are also rare and hard to find.

Their work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

HURST KINGSBURY STERLING CUFF

Large sterling cuff by mid 20th century jewelers Joan Hurst and Jill Kingsbury; probably made for the upper arm; about 9-1/2" around with an opening of about 1"; inside diameter about 3-3/8"; about 1-3/16" wide; marked: "HURST KINGSBURY, STERLING;" nice patina; fine condition.

$550.00 (item #SMM010)

Elsa Freund (1912- 2001) was a mostly self-taught jeweler. She was born in Branson, Missouri where she was influenced by the natural beauty of the Ozarks. In the 1940s, after teaching school and working at odd jobs, she started making jewelry.  Her "stones" were made by firing clay with pulverized bits of glass. Freund was an "intuitive modernist" who, though she had not seen the work of other modernist jewelers, wrapped her stones in free-form designs that are reminiscent of the work of New York jeweler, Sam Kramer. In 1949, Freund moved to Florida where she began placing her work in shops in Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota and St. Amand's Key.  Later, she also sold her work at America House in New York. 

Freund became a major figure in the studio jewelry movement of the mid-20th century and her work is in the permanent collections of many museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

ELSA FREUND "ELSARAMIC EARRINGS"

Beautiful blue "Elsaramic" earrings by Elsa Freund; each is about 1" diameter; clip style; wires may be silver, but I'm not sure; one earring was dropped so has internal cracks (see picture on html page) that have been covered with a clear coat acrylic to make sure that the earring is stable; no marks.

$450.00 (item #WSM010)

ELSA FREUND STERLING & "ELSARAMICS" PENDANT

A beautiful pendant by Elsa Freund; rare black "elsaramic stone" wrapped in sterling wire; about 2-1/8" x 1-3/4"; marked: "Elsa" on reverse.

SOLD (item #MM008)
Christian Schmidt was a Minnesota studio jeweler who exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1955. He did magnificent designs based on intricate plant and pod forms. He was a friend and colleague of Ruth Roach.

He exhibited at the 1956  "American Jewelry and Related Objects" competition in Rochester, New York where he won "Best in Class Awards" for a silver and gold pendant and a gold and ebony bracelet as well as a purchase prize for a silver bracelet. He also won awards at the 1959 Midwest Designer-Craftsmen competition and the 1958 and 1959 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competitions.

He was considered to be one of the foremost designer-craftsmen in the United States during his short career and was one of twelve jewelers whose work was accepted for exhibition at the Brussels World's Fair. 

His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT HAND-WROUGHT STERLING PIN

Hand-wrought, hammered sterling pin by Christian Schmidt; about 2-1/2" long; marked: "CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT, STERLING;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMS001)

STERLING PENDANT ATTRIBUTED TO CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT

Striking modern sterling pendant in the style of and attributed to Christian Schmidt; this was found in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where Schmidt lived and worked and, though unsigned, I feel comfortable with the attribution; about 3-1/4" x 2-1/2"; unmarked; fine condition.

$275.00 (item #KK041)

CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT STERLING PENDANT

Sterling pendant by Christian Schmidt; cast; three-dimensional with good weight; approximately 2-3/8" long x by 3/16" deep; marked with "CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT stylized S stamp, (STERLING);" fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0179)

CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT STERLING PENDANT

Sterling pendant by Christian Schmidt; cast; three-dimensional with good weight and relief design resembling a leaf, tree or perhaps flames; approximately 3-1/4" long; marked with "CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT," stylized "S" stamp, "STERLING;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0182)

Maxwell Chayat (1909 - 1982) was born in Paris, but came to the United States as a child during World War I. His work was prominent in private collections and synagogues in Syracuse. His sculpture ''The Sentinel'' stands outside Crouse College on the Syracuse University campus. His work has been shown at the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper Union, the Jewish Museum of New York and the Newark Museum.

His work is featured in my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement

MAXWELL CHAYAT ENAMEL ON COPPER PIN

Wonderful, highly three-dimensional Abstract Expressionist enamel on copper by Maxwell Chayat; about 2-1/2" x 1-1/2"; marked: "CHAYAT" on pin finding; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0162)

MAXWELL CHAYAT ENAMEL ON COPPER PIN

Enamel on copper pin by Maxwell Chayat--wonderful minimalist design in exquisite colors; about 2" x 1-3/8"; marked: "CHAYAT" on the clasp; fine condition--no chips or cracks.

$195.00  (item #M0253B)

Lilyan Bachrach is a remarkable, versatile enamellist whose oeuvre includes jewelry, wall pieces, plates, bowls, mezuzahs, and switch plates. Her work flows easily between beautiful floral and abstract designs; she is equally adept at both. She has been enameling for over fifty years, studying with the "greats" such as Kenneth Bates and Doris Hall.

Since 1970 her Bachrach Art Enamels have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States.  Her commission work has ranged from cloisonné pins to architectural panels and religious objects.

Lilyan Bachrach is also an author; her first, very successful book on enameling was titled Enameling with Professionals. She has just published a new, expanded edition of her first book titled, Contemporary Enameliing Art & Techniques that discusses the techniques and materials for using vitreous enamels and has "how I work" chapters by over 30 enamel artists who share their secrets of working with the techniques of cloisonné, plique--a- jour, champlevé, etc. There are photographs of the work of over 55 individual contemporary enamelists.

Bachrach is also one of the featured jewelers in my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement." Read Lilyan's biography at http://www.modernsilver.com/lilyanbachrach.htm

EXCEPTIONAL, EARLY LILYAN BACHRACH ENAMELED PIN

An exceptional enamel on silver, raised cloisonné pin; wonderful mid 20th century modernist design; this is a great example of her work!  Pin is about 1-1/2" diameter; fine condition with no chips or cracks or crazing; signed " Bachrach." 

$450.00 (item #SMM103)
LILYAN BACHRACH ENAMEL ON SILVER PENDANT

Great, early enamel on sterling pendant by Lilyan Bachrach; about 1/1/2" diameter ; signed on reverse: "Bachrach;" fine condition--no cracks or crazing.

$250.00 (item #SMM022)

LILYAN BACHRACH ENAMEL ON FINE SILVER WITH 18K AND 24K GOLD

Exquisite cloisonné enamel on fine silver by Lilyan Bachrach with 18K and 24K gold; approximately 2-7/8" diameter; signed: "Bachrach" on reverse; two short lines (crazing) by the silver frame on one edge; otherwise fine condition.

$690.00 (item #M1001)

 ENAMEL ON FINE SILVER PIN BY LILYAN BACHRACH

Exceptional repousee enamel on fine silver pin by Lilyan Bachrach; about abstract cloisonné enamel pendant on fine silver by Lilyan Bachrach with 24K gold granulation and 18K gold bezel on sterling silver frame; about 1-1/2" x 2-3/4"; no marks, though Lilyan did sign it in ink on the back of the frame--unfortunately most is rubbed off; from artist's collection; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M1028)

Philip Morton's books, Contemporary Jewelry, a Studio Handbook and Contemporary Jewelry, a Craftsman's Handbook are invaluable resources for collectors, jewelers and students who wish to learn about the history of the modern studio jewelry movement and its design principles, materials and techniques.

Morton's childhood and college days were spent in Utah.  In the 1930s he took a course in jewelry design from a WPA sponsored art project and from that time forward, he made jewelry.  His studies in contemporary art movements were done on his own.

During World War II he moved to California where his jewelry sold successfully at many of the leading shops in the San Francisco area. By 1946 he was also producing his own line of contemporary silverware and, in 1947, because of his success as a metalsmith and designer, he was invited to teach design at Alfred University at the School for American Craftsmen.  A year later he took a position with the newly formed art department at the University of Minnesota where he taught three dimensional design, jewelry making and sculpture.

In 1951 he established the first bronze foundry in any American university art program.  his own work, over the next few years was devoted to bronze sculpture and jewelry making.

Morton's work has been widely exhibited at museums in the United States and other countries.

His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

PHILIP MORTON RARE BRONZE FISH PENDANT

A fabulous fish pendant by mid 20th century jeweler, Philip Morton;  appears to be bronze with a incised abstract decoration with applied blue enamel or patination--hard to tell what was used; pendant is approximately 6" long x 2" wide (at the widest section); original 16" black cord; stamped with a square "M" maker's mark; this piece was purchased directly from Philip Morton in  Minnesota in the 1960s. Morton used bronze extensively in the early1950s.

SOLD  (item #M0319)

PHILIP MORTON STERLING PENDANT

Hand-wrought sterling pendant by Philip Morton; c. late 1950s; approximately 3" long x 2-1/4" wide; no marks, but purchased directly from Philip Morton by the owner; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0184)

STERLING WIRE EARRINGS BY PHILIP MORTON

Ingenious sterling wire earrings by Philip Morton, circa 1946; pictured in his book Contemporary Jewelry on page 150; inventive hand-made clips hold spiral pendants; pendants are approximately 1" x 1/2"; clips are 1-1/4" long; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0185)

Carl Podzsus studied at the Kunst Akademie in Leipzig, Germany, the Art Students League (New York), the rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, R.C.A. Institute, and New York University, where he was Professor of Art and Art Education from 1946-1983.  In 1948 he received a fellowship to study with Baron Eric Fleming, Court Silversmith to the King of Sweden.

In 1955, he showed his jewelry at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  His work (mostly paintings, I believe) is in major museums throughout the United States.

CARL PODSZUS STERLING PIN
 
Handmade sterling brooch by German American mid 20th century artist/jeweler, Carl Podszus; about 2-1/4" diameter; marked: "PODSZUS, STERLING, HANDWROUGHT; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #HP027)

Noble Smith was the pen name of Shirley Smith, an extremely talented silversmith who graduated from high school in 1946 and then attended the Boston Museum School in the early 1950s.  The design quality of her work is equal to that of some of the more well known and well respected artist/jewelers of the mid 20th century.

NOBLE SMITH STERLING & CHRYSOPRASE PIN

Great mid 20th century Noble Smith sterling pin with green stone (probably chrysoprase); about 2-1/2" x 5/8"; safety catch; marked: "NOBLE SMITH, STERLING;" some surface wear, one very tiny scratch, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #SM011) 

Doris Hall (1907 - 2000) graduated from the Cleveland Institute in 1929 and during the 1940s opened a gallery and studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Kalman Kubinyi later opened a studio/gallery in downtown Boston and lastly, a studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Hall exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art annual May Show throughout the 1930s.  She also exhibited at the Walker Art Center in 1948. She originated the idea of making enamel "paintings" by treating her copper (or silver) as a canvas and drawing in a dried layer of opalescent crackle to produce an oxidized line. 

Pieces by Doris hall are pictured in my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970. More pictures of her work as well as biographical information can be found in Painting with Fire, Masters of Enameling in America by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson.

DORIS HALL ENAMEL PIN WITH STERLING SILVER FRAME

Beautiful and rare pin by Doris Hall in sterling frame; slightly over 1-1/2" square; inscribed on reverse: "Designed by Doris Hal," also marked "STERLING;" fine condition with no chips or cracks

$375.00  (item #DH001)

DORIS HALL ENAMEL ON STERLING CHOKER

Enamel "painting" on sterling plaque on velvet ribbon by Doris Hall; beautiful blue, cherry red, white and gold enamels depicting a young woman; curved plaque is about 2-1/2" x 3/4"; overall length of choker, including ribbon is about 12" (closes with a snap); fits small neck, but the ribbon could be changed for a longer one or the piece could be made into a very pretty bracelet; marked: "STERLING" and inscribed: "Designed by Doris Hall;" fine condition with no chips or cracks to the enamel.

$650.00 (item #MM003)

DORIS HALL ENAMEL ON SILVER BRACELET, RING & EARRINGS

Rare and fabulous bracelet, earrings, and ring set by Doris Hall; ring size is about 3-3/4, band is 1/4"wide, ring top7/8"x5/8"; screwback earrings are each 5/8" square, bracelet is about 7" long x 1-1/4"wide; bracelet is marked: "STERLING" and inscribed: "Designed by Doris Hall;" ring and earrings are each marked: "STERLING;" all pieces are in fine condition with no chips or cracks.M

SOLD (item #CLM001)

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