Peer Smed Sterling Silver Calla Lily Brooch.
Signed and hallmarked hand wrought Peer Smed sterling silver. Highly sculptural and very three dimensional as if it was the actual flower.
Designer: Peer Smed Maker: Peer Smed Design #: N/A Circa: 1930's Dimensions: 2.75" L x 1.13" W Country of Origin: USA
Peer Smed Bio: Peer Smed (born Peer Schmidt) was born in 1878 in Copenhagen, the son of a blacksmith. He became an expert metalcrafter and produced objects somewhat in the Jensen style but with characteristic touches that clearly marked them as his. Smed designed household pieces for the royal families of Denmark and Sweden, who awarded him medals for artistry.
In 1909 Smed emigrated to the United States where he started his own art studio at 176 Johnson St., in Brooklyn, NY. During his lifetime, he exhibited his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and galleries in New York and San Francisco. Smed produced the elaborate doors designed by William Zorach for the entrance to the Schwarzenbach Building in New York City, and created silver designs for Tiffany and Company. He fashioned decorative iron work for several New York restaurants, as well as designs for the homes of Lucius M. Boomer, former managing director of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and William Knudsen, CEO of General Motors. In conjunction with the well-known designer William Stark, he created the flatware and holloware for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1932. His work is currently held in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as several private galleries and collections around the country.