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DOOLEY WORTH COLLECTION :  ARTHUR VIERTHALER - WARD BENNETT - BETTY COOKE - RONALD HAYES PEARSON
Dooley Worth - Vierthaler, Bennett, Cooke, Pearson     Dooley Worth - Celia Harms
The following pieces are from the collection of one remarkable woman, Dooley Worth (1939-2014). Throughout her life she pursued her myriad interests at multiple schools including the University of Vienna (Austria), European Studies/Art History; University of Michigan, B.A. Philosophy; Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Architecture; The New School for Social Research, NYC, M.A. Medical Anthropology, Ph.D., Anthropology; New York University, and Fine Arts Appraisal Certification Program (Jewelry & American Silver).

A minimalist at heart, she loved mid-century design. She was a collector and dealer in New York City who continued to look for exceptional pieces throughout her life.
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A R T H U R   V I E R T H A L E R

Aurthur Vierthaler (d. 1993), who was interested in art very early in his life, enrolled in art classes at the Chicago Institute of Art at the age of fourteen.  His adult work was mainly design, drawing, and painting, however, during his undergraduate education at Milwaukee State Teachers College, he took a job as an apprentice at a jewelry manufacturing plant in order to to help with tuition and living expenses.  He also took a metals class as part of the curriculum to obtain a degree in art.  His work in jewelry was non-traditional, influenced by the beginnings of modernism.

In 1940, he began teaching art in Madison Public Schools, Madison, Wisconsin while taking evening courses at the vocational school in sculpture and metals.  His convictions regarding metal working as an art form were developed at that time.

After serving in World War II, Vierthaler was hired to teach metals, design, and drawings at the University of  Wisconsin, Madison.  His classes were filled with G.I.s, eager to learn new skills and put to use some of the collateral education from their years in service during the war.  Vierthaler, an excellent educator, motivated his students to create and develop their work to the best of their abilities.  Phillip Fike was one of these students as well as Mark Bohrod, William George Haendel, Rosemary O'Bryan, and David Suits.

Vierthaler exhibited in countless competitive and invitational shows both nationally and internationally and received numerous awards.  Many of his pieces were acquired by museums for their permanent collections and his work is in over six hundred private collections.

ARTHUR VIERTHALER HANDMADE PENDANT SHOWN AT THE WALKER ART CENTER IN 1955

It is very exciting to offer this piecea rare opportunity to present an original work of wearable art that was actually part of the exhibits I have written so much about.  It is the one pictured in my article on "The Wearable Art Movement" at MODERN SILVER magazine: http://modernsilver.com/Walker2pg2.htm  It was exhibited in the 1955 exhibit at the Walker Art Center and is marked: "Arthur Vierthaler, '52;" three -dimensional sterling pendant with crossing wires and bullet-shaped moonstone cabochon; about 2-1/2" x 1-1/2" with 19" sterling chain; fine condition.

SOLD (item #PC001) NEW! 

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ARTHUR VIERTHALER STERLING & WOOD FISH PIN

 

Great sterling fish pin by Arthur Vierthaler with inlaid woodprobably ebony and rosewood; beautifully hand-crafted; c. 1950s; about 3-1/4" x 1"; marked: "VIERTHALER, STERLING;" fine condition.

$475.00 (item #PC002) NEW!

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W A R D   B E N N E T T

Ward Bennett (1917-2003) was an American designer, artist, and sculptor who made some jewelry, but was not a metalsmith by profession.  His jewelry was included in the exhibit, "Modern Handmade Jewelry," Museum of Modern Art in 1946.  His ideas influenced a broad audience of artists and craftsmen. Ed Wiener's experiments with texturing metals began after discussing with Ward Bennett, methods of obtaining surface textures through the use of simple tools.

Bennett studied with Hans Hofmann in New York and with sculptor, Constantin Brancusi in Paris before working for a short time for Le Corbusier, beginning in 1938.  He is best known as an American furniture and interior designer who turned "industrial objects" into "sublime objects."  Like Paul Lobel, Bennett designed for Hattie Carnegie.  He was a consultant for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, designing the interiors of the executive offices of the Chase Manhatten Bank in New York.  He also designed offices and worked on residential projects for private clients.  He used a combination of simplicity and elegance to create his "quietly modern" interiors.

WARD BENNETT STERLING & AGATE PENDANT & CHAIN

It is very rare to have a piece of jewelry by Ward Bennett; this completely handcrafted piece was probably done very early in his career; pendant is approximately 2-1/4" x 1-1/2"; heavy, paperclip chain is about 17"; marked: "WB, STERLING;" one tiny crack in the silver where one of the bottom wires attach to the pendant's plate, but it is stable; otherwise fine, original condition.

$1,500.00 (item #PC003 NEW!

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B E T T Y   C O O K E

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.

BETTY COOKE STERLING & PEARL PIN, C. 1955

Great, modernist, sterling and cultured pearl pin by Betty Cooke, purchased in 1955; about 4-1/2" from point to point; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$850.00 (item #PC004) NEW! 

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R O N A L D   H A Y E S   P E A R S O N

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.

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) NEW! 

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