Rare Peter Macchiarini sterling mask pendant, signed P. Macchiarini and dated 1947, 1-5/8" x 7/8"; according to Daniel Macchiarini, these pieces were among Peter Macchiarini's first in solid metal; though the size is small, the weight gives the piece presence as a pendant for either a man or woman; great patina, fine condition.

$4,000.00 (item #M0270)

Rare Peter Macchiarini sterling earring (only one). Very very early!  Possibly 1930s--a transition piece from wood carving to silver, 5/8" x 3/8;" great surface and patina, fine condtion.

$1,200.00 (item #M0270B) 



Peter Macchiarini (1909 - 2001) is considered one of the pioneers of American modernist studio jewelry.  His studio/gallery was in the North Beach section of San Francisco where, beginning in the 1930s, he handcrafted unique works of art including sculpture and jewelry. Margret De Patta was a close friend and, together with other "pioneers" of this period, they started the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild. 

Please read more about Peter Macchiarini in both of my books,
Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 .  His  work was a major part of 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. 

Also see Macchiarini on Macchiarini, one of the first and still one of the best articles from MODERN SILVER magazine, June - July, 2000.