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)

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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.