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MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1930-1960
The Wearable Art Movement

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
 

All prices below include priority shipping within the U.S. unless otherwise stated. 

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Please visit my Special Collections section for unique, mid 20th century and contemporary pieces by 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.

Ed Wiener (1918-1991) was one of the most well-loved and respected modernist jewelers of his day. Though almost entirely self-taught, he possessed a magnificent appreciation of form, line, and color together with an amazing ability to uniquely apply the ideas and principles of modernism to his life's work.

His work is featured in every major book on American mid 20th century studio jewelry.  Biographies of Ed Wiener 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.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives: www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm


Model wearing Ed Wiener sterling & pearl neckring and Ed Wiener sterling & pearl earrings

ED WIENER STERLING & PEARL NECKRING

Elegant, hammered, mid 20th century, sterling neckring with cultured pearl by Ed Wiener; about 16" around (fits small neck); marked: "ED WIENER;" lovely patina; fine condition.

$950.00 (item #KHM010)

1950S, RARE, ED WIENER STERLING PIN

A very substantial mid-20th century, sterling pin by Ed Wiener; I have not previously seen this design by Wienerit references a necklace created in 1954, #92 in his retrospective catalog, "Jewelry by Ed Wiener" on page 69; pin is about 1-5/8" x 1-3/4"; marked: "ED WIENER;" fine condition.

$435.00 (item #HPW001) NEW!

ED WIENER STERLING & PEARL EARRINGS

A great early pair of Ed Wiener sterling and pearl screwback earrings, c. 1950s; each is about 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"; marked "IENER, STERLING;" great patina, fine condition.

$575.00 (item #M0234)

ED WIENER STERLING PIN WITH OPAL

A fabulous, three-dimensional, mid 20th century modernist design by Ed Wiener, c. 1950s; large, substantial, sterling pin with a beautiful, golden, interior-flecked, stone possibly an opal; about 2" x 2"; marked: "ED. WIENER, STERLING;" great patina, some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$875.00 (item #KZM011) NEW!

ED WIENER STERLING CUFF

Ed Wiener sterling cuff, c. 1950s; from the collection of the original owner; inside diameter approximately 2-1/2"; tapers from about 2-1/2" to 1"; great design and patina; some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition; marked: "ED WIENER, STERLING."

This cuff is shown in "Structure and Ornament, American Modernist Jewelry 1940 - 1960", Fifty-50 Gallery, 1984, as number 33.

$1,500.00 (item #HCM001) NEW!

ED WIENER STERLING RING WITH PEARL

Ed Wiener sterling ring with pearl, c. 1950slooks fabulous on a finger; about size 5-1/2; crown part is about 1" from the top to the bottom of the point that comes down or up (depending on how it is worn); fine condition; no marks, but guaranteed to be by Ed Wiener; it is from the same collection as the above cuff.

$850.00 (item #HCM002) NEW!

ED WIENER 18K GOLD, CHATHAM EMERALD, AND DIAMOND BROOCH

An exquisite, naturalistic, gold brooch by Ed Wiener, most likely c. 1970s; 18K gold with large, deep blue-green, Chatham emerald crystals and three beautiful, prong-set diamonds that rise from the leaf design; about 2-3/4" x 1-1/2"; marked: "ED. WIENER, 18K;" fine condition.

The Chatham emerald was a discovery of Carroll F. Chatham, a San Francisco scientist who discovered the secret of growing emeralds.  Peter Macchiarini also used Chatham emeralds in some of his jewelry.  The method of creating these beautiful emerald crystals continues to be carefully guarded family secret. The company is now under the direction of Carroll's son, Tom.

$4,500.00 (item #KHW001) NEW!

ED WIENER STERLING EARRINGS WITH MOONSTONES

1950s sterling clip earrings by Ed Wiener with moonstones; each is about 2-1/8" x 1-1/8" wide; marked: "ED. WIENER, STERLING;" great, intact patina; fine condition.

$450.00 (item #WSM007)

GOLD DANCER PIN BY ED WIENER

Exquisite gold dancer pin by Ed Wiener, c. late 1960s; about 2" x 1-1/2"; though unsigned, the piece is in keeping with Ed Wiener's particular gold work of the late 1960s; piece tests as 18K gold, but has no marks; blue stone is a sapphire; small chip on the stone under one of the prongs, otherwise fine condition.  This piece is from the collection of a woman who purchased pieces directly from Ed Wiener in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.

$1,200.00 (item #JP003)

ED WIENER STERLING & EBONY PIN

A wonderful little Ed Wiener sterling and ebony pin; about 1" x 5/8";  comes directly from the original owner who purchased it from Ed Wiener in the mid 1950s; marked: "ED. WIENER, STERLING; " fine condition.

$250.00  (item #JP010)

ED WIENER STERLING HAMMERED SQUARE SPIRAL PIN & STICK PIN

Ed Wiener sterling hammered square spiral pin and stick pin, c. 1948-1950 (a favorite Ed Wiener design); pin is about 2" square, stick pin is approximately 2-1/4" long, spiral about 3/4" square; large pin is picture in Jewelry by Ed Wiener, Retrospective Exhibition, Fifty/50 Gallery, 1989, p. 14 and Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement, p. 65; large pin is marked: "ED. WIENER, STERLING"; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0264)

ED WIENER STERLING EARRINGS WITH AGATES

Ed Wiener sterling earrings with cat's eye agates; each is approximately 1-7/8" x 1-1/2"; clips; marked: "ED. WIENER, STERLING"; the design of these earrings is like the "myriad associations brooch on page 63 of my book Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement; fine condition.

$595.00 (item #M0266)

Betty Cooke has been designing and creating her one-of-a-kind pieces since the 1940s. She has been widely recognized and has won many prizes for her work. She exhibited at the 1951 "Alumni Exhibition, Textiles, Ceramics, Metalwork" at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1955 and 1959 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and she was given a retrospective at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995. I interviewed Betty Cooke at her shop in Baltimore in 2001.  You can read that interview at http://www.modernsilver.com/BETTYCOOKE.htm

She is also featured in 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.

Model wearing Betty Cooke necklace (below)

BETTY COOKE STERLING & 14K GOLD NECKRING

A classically beautiful sterling neckring by Betty Cooke with 14K gold disk catch—this is stunning when it's worn; works easily on tension; about 16" around; marked on circle: "COOKE, 14K;" fine condition; fits fairly small neck.

$1,265.00 (item #KZM010) HOLD

BETTY COOKE STERLING & EBONY PIN

One of my favorite designs by Betty Cooke; handwrought sterling oval intersected with a silver rod that contains three carved ebony pieces that move independently; about 2-5/8" x 2"; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" fine condition. 

$2,000.00 (item #WSM001)  HOLD

BETTY COOKE STERLING PIN

A great, very Bauhaus design by Betty Cooke; I believe this is a vintage piece; about 2" diameter; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" fine condition with only light surface wear and good patina.

$335.00 (item #WSM002) NEW!

BETTY COOKE STERLING EARRINGS

Wonderful, vintage earrings by Betty Cooke in a star design; each is about 1" diameter; marked "COOKE, STERLING;" screwbacks; fine condition with light surface wear and good patina.

SOLD (item #WSM003)

BETTY COOKE, EARLY STERLING & RESIN NECKLACE

It's hard to find an early piece by Betty Cooke with great provenance; this beautiful sterling and ebony-like resin necklace comes from the family who purchased it directly from Betty in the early 1960s; the patina is absolutely wonderful!  It's about 15-1/2" around (when closed); fits a small neck; each link is about 3/16" wide; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" excellent condition.

 $2,500.00 (item #YL001)

EXQUISITE BETTY COOKE STERLING NECKLACE

Exquisite, early Betty Cooke sterling necklace; elegant design; about 16" around (fits smaller neck) ; marked: "COOKE, STERLING," some light surface wear; good patina; fine condition.

$1,200.00 (item #SMM0367)

1960 BETTY COOKE STERLING PIN WITH PEARL

1960 Betty Cooke sterling pin with pearl; abstract bird design; approximately 4" x 4-1/2"; inscribed: "COOKE, 1960, STERLING;" wonderful patina, fine condition.

$495.00 (item #M0232)

BETTY COOKE STERLING BROOCH

Sterling brooch by Betty Cook; brushed silver front and oxidized back and sides;  3-1/4" X 3"; marked ; "COOKE STERLING;" fine condition.

$425.00 (item #M0208)

EARLY STERLING & BRASS BROOCH BY BETTY COOKE

Wonderful, early sterling and brass brooch by Betty Cooke, probably c. 1950s-60s; about 2-1/4" diameter; marked: "COOKE;" fine condition.

$450.00 (item #M0241)

The following five pieces of Betty Cooke jewelry are from one collection and have never before been offered. Mid 20th century, modernist, Baltimore architect, Alexander S. Cochran (1913–1990) and his wife, Caroline Sizer Cochran were great friends of Betty Cooke and the following pieces were given as gifts to the family.  Alexander Cochran was described as an "architectural missionary." Besides being devoted to modernism, Cochran was a highly romantic, deeply religious humanist who desired to keep the best of the past while adapting to modern needs. He transformed his city, pointing the way to its later renaissance in the 1960s.

Partially taken from the book, Alexander Smith Cochran: Modernist Architect in Traditional Baltimore.

BETTY COOKE STERLING EARRINGS

Great modern design, sterling earrings by Betty Cooke with joined, trefoil cylinders; each is about 2-1/4" long (not including French hooks); one of the cylinders has a slightly flattened edge (could be easily fixed), otherwise fine condition; no marks.

$475.00 (item #BAT007)

BETTY COOKE SCULPTURAL GOLD & SILVER PIN

Highly sculptural, three-dimensional, gold and silver pin by Betty Cooke; about 2" wide x 1-1/4" across x 3/4" high; marked: "COOKE, 10K;" very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #BAT002)  

BETTY COOKE SILVER ABSTRACT FLOWER PIN

Sterling, abstracted flower pin by Betty Cooke; about 2" diameter; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$350.00 (item #BAT003)

BETTY COOKE SILVER & EBONY PIN

Great design, sterling and ebony pin by Betty Cooke; about 2-1/2" long;  no marks; fine condition.

SOLD (item #BAT004)

BETTY COOKE SILVER & EBONY PIN

Sterling and ebony pin by Betty Cooke; about 2" x 7/8"; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition; marked: "COOKE, STERLING."

$350.00 (item #BAT005)

E. Peter Peterson graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City with a degree in fine arts. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silkscreen, sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Students League.  She was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.  She exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 1955 Contemporary Jewelry Design Quarterly exhibit. 

Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY P. NASS  (E. PETER PETERSON)

A rare and wonderful pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, E. Peter Peterson (who signed "P. Nass"); each is about 1-1/4" long x 3/8" wide (just slightly more); each cufflink is marked: "P. NASS, STERLING;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMMJ001)

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY P. NASS  (E. PETER PETERSON)

A great pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, E. Peter Peterson (who signed "P. Nass"); each is about 1-1/8" long x 5/16"" wide; each cufflink is marked: "P. NASS, STERLING;" fine condition.

E. Peter Peterson graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City with a degree in fine arts. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silkscreen, sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Students League.  She was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.  She exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 1955 Contemporary Jewelry Design Quarterly exhibit.  This information is from my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.

$350.00 (item #SMMJ001)

Studio jeweler J. Arnold Frew, worked in Arcadia, California in the 1950s.  Many of his customers were Hollywood celebrities.  Like other studio  jewelers of his day, Frew created one-of-kind pieces in silver, mostly undecorated and modern. He also worked in the lost wax process.

Information from my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING FISH CUFFLINKS BY ARNOLD FREW

A fabulous pair of handmade sterling cufflinks in the shape of fish, by California, mid 20th century jeweler, Arnold Frew; each is about 1-1/4" long x 1/2";  each cufflink is marked: 'FREW;" fine condition.

$450.00 (item #SMMJ002)

HANDMADE MID 20TH CENTURY STERLING CUFFLINKS BY ARNOLD FREW

A great pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by California, mid 20th century jeweler, Arnold Frew; each is about 1" diameter; marked: "FREW;" fine condition.

Studio jeweler J. Arnold Frew, worked in Arcadia, California in the 1950s.  Many of his customers were Hollywood celebrities.  Like other studio  jewelers of his day, Frew created one-of-kind pieces in silver, mostly undecorated and modern. He also worked in the lost wax process.

Information from my book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970

SOLD (item #SMMJ006)

Henry Steig (1906-1973) had a shop in New York in the 1950s-1960s. Jazz had a significant influence on his work--Steig was a musician who played saxophone and clarinet with dance bands in New York during the 1920s-30s.  He studied art at the National Academy of Design, but was mostly a self-taught metalsmith. His jewelry designs are modern and sophisticated, evidencing his training in design and sculpture.

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.

HENRY STEIG STERLING CUFF WITH CARNELIAN

A truly great design by Henry Steig; sterling cuff with carnelian cabochon; inside diameter about 2-3/8'; band is about 1-1/4" wide at the front; marked: "HENRY STEIG, STERLING;" one minute rough spot on edge of band, other wise fine condition with beautiful patina.

SOLD (item #SMM0100) NEW!

EXCEPTIONAL, EARLY STERLING & WOOD PENDANT BY HENRY STEIG

From a private collection, an early and fabulous pendant by mid 20th century American artist, Henry Steig; wood, silver, and tiger's eye agate; about 3-1/2" long x 2-1/2" wide; marked: "STEIG, STERLING;" great patina and condition; non-original 19" sterling chain.

SOLD  (item #MSS001)

HENRY STEIG, STERLING CHAIN AND STONE PENDANT

From the same private collection comes this incredible handmade sterling chain with pendant and tiger's eye stone by Henry Steig; chain is about 17" overall with 2" sterling pendant, holding a large tiger's eye; marked:  "STEIG, STERLING;" great patina and condition.

 $850.00  (item #MSS001)

HENRY STEIG STERLING FISH BROOCH

A great design by Henry Steig; streamlined, mid 20th century, sterling fish brooch; about 3-1/2" long; marked: "STEIG, STERLING;" some very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$225.00 (item #SM030)

HENRY STEIG STERLING FISH EARRINGS

A charming pair of playful fish earrings by Henry Steig; each is about 1-1/16" long x 1/2" wide; marked: "STEIG, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$195.00  (item #M0255)

Swedish-born Olaf Skoogfors thought of his jewelry as sculpture that could stand alone as art. He had a studio in Philadelphia,and taught at the Philadelphia College of Art. He had a distinguished career in metalsmithing and is widely recognized for his work which is in the permanent collection of many museums in the US, Canada, and Europe.  He died in 1975 at the age of 45. (from my books, Modernist Jewerly, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement, and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970.

OLAF SKOOGFORS STERLING SUN-FACE PIN/PENDANT

Sterling sun-face pin/pendant, by Olaf Skoogfors; approximately 1-1/2" diameter; marked: "OLAF SKOOGFORS" on reverse; bail for chain and pin with safety catch; fine condition.

$750.00 (item #HPOS001) NEW!
OLAF SKOOGFORS STERLING OWL MASK PIN

Olaf Skoogfors sterling owl or mask pin; about 1-3/4" x 1"; marked: "OLAF SKOOGFORS;"

$585.00 (item #HPM042)

OLAF SKOOGFORS STERLING PIN/PENDANT

Beautiful, Olaf Skoogfors sterling pin/pendant; has the look of an abstracted landscape; about size 1-3/4 X 1-3/4"; a limited edition piece of only 25, this being number 1; marked: "OLAF SKOOGFORS; STERLING, 1-25;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPM007)

Rumanian-born, American studio jeweler Paul Lobel (1899 - 1983) was also a sculptor and designer of glass, furniture and silver hollowware. He had a studio/shop in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1940s and 50s. His work has been included in many museum exhibitions and he was at the forefront of the American Modernist studio jewelry movement. 

Biographies of Paul Lobel 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.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives:
www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

PAUL LOBEL STERLING EARRINGS

A great pair of sterling earrings by Paul Lobel, c. 1950s; each is about 2-1/2" long; marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" fine condition with light surface wear; screwbacks.

$385.00 (item #WSM004) NEW!

PAUL LOBEL STERLING HORSE PIN

An excellent example of the mid 20th century work of Paul Lobel; highly sculptural, abstract horse pin; about 3-1/4" long x 7/8" (at the widest point); light surface wear, otherwise fine condition with good patina; marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" from a collection of pieces purchased directly from Paul Lobel in the late 1940s.

SOLD (item #SMM061)

PAUL LOBEL STERLING PIN/PENDANT

Three-dimensional pin/pendant with onyx by Paul Lobel; about 2-1/8" x 1-1/2"; uniquely set onyx (I've never before seen this design); pin and bail for chain; from a collection of pieces purchased directly from Paul Lobel in the late 1940s; marked: 'LOBEL, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$225.00 (item #WEM008)

PAUL LOBEL STERLING EARRINGS

Paul Lobel sterling drop earrings; each is about 1-1/2" long; marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition; from a collection of pieces purchased directly from Paul Lobel in the late 1940s; earrings have been converted from screwbacks to posts for pierced ears.

SOLD (item #WEM009)

PAUL LOBEL STERLING PENDANT & CHAIN

Sculptural, sterling pendant and original chain by Paul Lobel; pendant is about 3" x 2" (including handmade bail), chain is 16" long; pendant and chain are both marked: "LOBEL, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition; from a collection of pieces purchased directly from Paul Lobel in the late 1940s.

SOLD item #WEM010)

PAUL LOBEL STERLING CUFF

Paul Lobel sterling modernist cuff; tapers from about 1-1/8" to 1/8" wide, inside diameter about 2" with a 7/8" opening, fits a small wrist; marked: "LOBEL, STERLING; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$565.00 (item #GCM006) HOLD

Ruth Roach (1913-1979) was an extraordinary, multitalented artist/craftsman who made a significant impact on the art world during her relatively short career. She studied painting in Chicago, both at the Chicago Art Institute and with William Henry Watson. She later took all the available art courses at the State College of Iowa. She became a potter, but later, in 1954, decided to concentrate on jewelry after studying with Robert von Neumann.  Roach had her first one-man show at the Des Moines Art Center in 1954, participated in the Third National Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1955, and, for the next fourteen years, exhibited widely across the United States.  Since everything she created was intricate in nature and completely one-of-a-kind, her pieces are not readily available.  This collection comes from her family and has never before been on the market.

Please Ruth Roach, Uncommon Jeweler, MODERN SILVER magazine, Aug/Sept, 2002. 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.

RUTH ROACH STERLING BADGE WITH OLD CAMEO AND "MOM" PIN

In keeping with what was happening in the jewelry world in the mid to late 1960s, Ruth Roach created this "tongue in cheek" badge pin with a lithographed cameo and a small crown pin with crossed axe and gavel and the word "Mom" in red; brooch, itself, is sterling silver, approximately 3-1/8" x 3"; marked on reverse: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition.

Ruth Roach and Christian Schmidt were friends and parallels can sometimes be seen when comparing their work.  You may wish to read about Christian Schmidt's "Badge of Honor," in my book Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970  on page 76.

$950.00 (item #RR001)

RUTH ROACH STERLING BIRD BONE NECKLACE

Extraordinary necklace by Ruth Roach in sterling with bird bones and wire in scenes of children playing outdoor games; largest sterling plaque is about  1-1/2" x 1-1/8"; whole necklace is about 22" around; marked: "ROACH, STERLING; " fine condition.  This necklace is pictured in Ruth Roach, Uncommon Jeweler, MODERN SILVER magazine, Aug/Sept, 2002.

$6,500.00 (item #RR002)

RUTH ROACH STERLING CUFF WITH PINK STONE AND GOLD WIRE

Beautiful, sterling cuff by Ruth Roach with gold wire and oval pink cabochon--probably mother of pearl; inside diameter about 2-1/4" with about a 1" opening; front is approximately 1-1/8" long x 5/8" wide; band tapers to 3/8" at the back; marked: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition.

$1,500.00 (item #RR003)

RUTH ROACH STERLING "FISH" LAPEL PIN

An early piece by Ruth Roach--sterling lapel pin in the shape of wonderful, 3-dimensional, layered fish; whole piece is almost 4-1/2" long; fish sculpture is approximately 2-3/4" x 3/4"; marked: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition.

 $950.00 (item #RR005)

RUTH ROACH STERLING STICK PIN WITH GREEN STONE TURTLE OR FROG

This is more sculpture than stick pin, but it would be fun to wear; it's overall length is about  6-3/4"; the top is a silver box with a green stone-bodied frog or turtle with eight wire legs that moves back and forth when the pin is wiggled; box is about 1-3/8" square x 3/8" thick; marked: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition; this is great, whimsical piece!

 $550.00 (item #RR006)

RUTH ROACH STERLING CAST SEEDPOD RING WITH GOLD WASH

A great ring by Ruth Roach, gold-washed sterling; cast from a seedpod; slightly under size 7; top is approximately 1-3/8" x 3/4"; marked: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition

 $550.00 (item #RR007) HOLD

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. Margaret 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.

PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING DOUBLE FISH PENDANT

1960s Peter Macchiarini sterling double fish pendant; about 2" diameter; according to Daniel Macchiarini the pendant was created especially for a Catholic priest who was a friend of Peter's, for whom he also made a bronze and sterling silver alter chalice; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition; marked: "MACCHIARINI."

$1950.00 (item #GCM004)

PETER MACCHIARINI BRASS PIN WITH LAPIS

One of the most stunning pieces I've seen by Peter Macchiarini (and I've seen many and truly love his work)! Handmade, highly sculptural brass pin with a gorgeous lapis cabochon; pin is about 2-1/4" x 2" x about 3/4" deep (when worn); etched date and signature: "Peter Macchiarini, 1974;" very fine condition.

SOLD (item #AHS001)

PETER MACCHIARINI CONSTRUCTIVIST PIN

If you have been looking for a Peter Macchiarini pin in a constructivist style, this is a great one
, c. 1980s; great design in silver, copper, and brass with an interesting banded, brown stone (I'm unsure what it is); about 4-1/4" long; marked: 'MACCHIARINI;" fine condition.
 
$2,500.00 (item #LUCM001)
PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING & GOLD RING

A great, sculptural,  gold and silver band by Peter Macchiarini, c. 1960s-70s; about size 9-1/4, band is approximately 1/4" wide; marked: "MACC;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #KAM001)

PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING RING

A beautiful sterling band by Peter Macchiarini, c. 1960s-70s; about size 9/1/2, band is approximately 3/8"wide; marked: "MACC;" band is incised with the figure of a dove and other symbols;  fine condition.

$950.00 (item #KAM002)

EARLY 1960S CONSTRUCTIVIST BROOCH BY PETER MACCHIARINI

Wonderful, rare, constructivist brooch by Peter Macchiarini, c. early 1960s; 18K gold plate over silver with two beautiful, emerald cut baby blue spinels; approximately 2" wide x 1-1/2" wide; marked: "MACCHIARINI;" fine condition.

 $3,200.00 (item #BG001)

VERY EARLY PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING MASK PENDANT

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)

VERY EARLY PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING EARRING

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

$1200.00 (item #M0270B)

MACCHIARINI RECTANGULAR DOT RING

Sterling, ebony, ivory and brass dot ring by Daniel Macchiarini; created in the 1990s in collaboration with Peter Macchiarini; top is approximately 1-3/16" x  7/16; ring is about size 7-3/4; marked: "MACC;" fine condition.

SOLD
(item #M0334)
PETER MACCHIARINI STERLING COPPER AND BRASS RING

Fabulous classic Peter Macchiarini sterling, brass and copper ring; about size 6; diameter of top circle is approximately 3/4"; marked: "MACC;" fine condition.

$2,500.00 (item #GCM001)

Daniel Macchiarini is one of my favorite jewelers. He handcrafts unique pieces in his studio/gallery on Grant Avenue in San Francisco's North Beach area. Like his father before him, each piece is one-of-a-kind and he adheres to the traditions of maintaining a studio where customers can participate in intellectual conversation while watching the pieces being made.  There is much more about Daniel Macchiarini in my latest book, Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 .  His  work was a major part of the exhibit "The Modernist Movement and Beyond: The Works of Peter Macchiarini and Daniel Macchiarini, Earl Pardon and Tod Pardon."  Please see: http://www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

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

I am including Daniel and his daughter Emma on this page because of their continuing exploration of the work begun by Peter Macchiarini.

EARLY DANIEL MACCHIARINI CUBIST GUITAR BROOCH

Great, mixed metals guitar brooch by Daniel Macchiarini; I believe that this one was created when Daniel's father, Peter Macchiarini, was still working; copper, silver, brass, ebony, and pearl; marked: "MACCHIARINI;" about 3-14" long; fine condition.

This brooch is featured in my first book, "MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement," page  37.

$875.00 (item #MA001) NEW!

DANIEL MACCHIARINI MIXED METALS DOT RING

Great little mixed metals dot ring by Daniel Macchiarini; sterling, gold, ivory copper and ebony; about size 5; marked: "MACC;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0203)

DANIEL MACCHIARINI STERLING, COPPER, ONYX, IVORY DOT RING

Daniel Macchiarini dot ring; sterling, copper, onyx and ivory; about size 12; fine condition

$750.00 (item #M0245)

DANIEL MACCHIARINI STERLING, COPPER, ONYX, IVORY DOT RING

Daniel Macchiarini dot ring with square back; great design; sterling, copper, onyx and ivory; about size 9-3/4; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0246)

EMMA MACCHIARINI STERLING, IVORY & EBONY DOT RING

Great design, sterling, ivory and ebony "half dot" ring by Emma Macchiarini; about size 9; top is approximately 7/8" x 3/8" band is approximately 3/8" wide at the front; marked: "EMM"; fine condition.

$650.00 (item #M0247)

EMMA MACCHIARINI STERLING & IVORY DOT RING

Sterling and ivory "bow" ring by Emma Macchiarini; about size 8; band is approximately 3/8" wide at the front; marked: "EMM"; fine condition.

$650.00 m #M0248)

MIXED METALS POD BROOCH WITH BLACK PEARL BY DANIEL MACCHIARINI

A wonderful multi-layered pod brooch by Daniel Macchiarini; bronze, copper, and nickel silver with black pearl; approximately 3-1/4" long x 1-5/8" wide; marked: "MACCHIARINI;" excellent condition.

"The exploration of form" was the never-ending journey that Peter Macchiarini began in the 1930s. His experiments with the exploration of depth were represented in multi-layered creations he called "Pods."  Daniel Macchiarini continues to create new, exciting versions of this pod form. (information from my book  Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement, pg. 36.)

$850.00 (item #M728)

DANIEL MACCHIARINI REVERSIBLE BROOCH

Daniel Macchiarini mixed metals reversible brooch; sterling silver, brass, copper, onyx, ebony and ivory; approximately 4-1/2 x 1"; marked: "MACCHIARINI;" fine condition. 

This brooch was shown in the recent exhibition at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne Indiana, "The Modernist Movement and Beyond: The Works of Peter Macchiarini and Daniel Macchiarini, Earl Pardon and Tod Pardon." see: http://www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

$1,725.00 (item #M0294)

DANIEL MACHIARINI MIXED METAL BANGLE

Daniel Macchiarini silver, copper, brass, ebony and ivory handmade bangle; approximately 2-3/4" diameter; marked: "MACC;" fine condition.

$495.00 (item #M0201)

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...  Art Smith's work is featured at the Brooklyn Museum in a permanent exhibit and is in the collections of many major museums and collections.

 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.  See also: http://www.modernsilver.com/villagetovogue/villagetovogue.htm

Model wearing Art Smith silver earrings (below)

ART SMITH HANDMADE GOLD CUFFLINKS WITH AMETHYSTS

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 typical Art 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 GOLD CUFFLINKS WITH ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE COINS

An exquisite pair of gold cufflinks by Art Smith; ancient bronze Greek coins set in oxidized disks; ingeniously designed backs; each is approximately 1" diameter; marked: "Art Smith" in script; fine condition.

$1,250.00 (item #BR001)

ART SMITH COPPER CUFF

Art Smith Copper cuff, c. 1950s; from a single collection; about 2" wide, inside diameter approximately 2-1/2"; the signature may be there and hidden beneath the heavy inside patina, but I have not been able to find it; absolutely guaranteed to be handmade by Art Smith (see other pieces below from the same collection); great patina, fine condition.

SOLD (item #HG001)

ART SMITH STERLING PIN

Art Smith modernist sterling pin, c. 1950s; from a single collection; about 2-1/4" x 1-3/4"; marked: "Art Smith (in script), STERLING;" good patina, fine condition.

$1,200.00 (item #HG002)

ART SMITH COPPER & BRASS EARRINGS

Art Smith copper and brass earrings, c. 1950s; each is about 2" long; screwbacks; a little spot on the patina on one of the earrings (see larger photograph), otherwise fine condition with original patina; marked: "Art Smith" (in script).

$850.00 (item #HG003)

RARE ART SMITH COPPER MOBILE EARRINGS

Rare Art Smith copper mobile earrings, c. 1950s; each is about 2-1/4" long; screwbacks; great patina, fine condition; marked: "Art Smith" (in script).

SOLD  (item #HG004)

ART SMITH STERLING MODERNIST PIN

Great, large sterling modernist pin by Art Smith, c. 1950s; about 3-3/4" x 1"; marked: "Art Smith" (in script), STERLING;" great patina, fine condition.

$1,250.00 (item #HG005)

ART SMITH STERLING EARRINGS

Art Smith sterling earrings, c. 1950s; each is about 1-1/2" long; screwbacks; one of the screwback findings has been replaced, fine condition with original patina; marked: "Art Smith"(in script).

$850.00 (item #HG007)

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