Modernist 1950s swirl brooch and pendant with a gleaming rock crystal stone by Henry Steig, in sterling silver. My uncle Henry, my Dad’s brother, was a prominent figure in the mid-century Modernist movement, working in New York City and Provincetown, MA.

In “Messengers of Modernism, American studio Jewelry 1940-1960”, Toni Greenbaum writes that Steig “forged round silver wire into graceful twisted curves, modulating the surface by hammering certain portions flat: he sawed gentle Biomorphic shapes from silver sheet and assembled jewelry from abstract forms inspired by flora and fauna; often the pieces incorporated movable elements or stones of unusual shape and color.”

The large brooch measures 2-1/4” by 1-3/4”. The rock crystal stone is 14mm; it is wired around the middle, and drilled and attached on either end to pivot slightly. Under magnification you can see one flea bite and some age-related roughness around the edges, but no scratches. It is marked Steig Sterling.

ITEM ID
PVB-01281
COLOR
Silver
STONE
Crystal, Rock Crystal
STYLE
Modernist
ITEM SIZE
2-1/4" x 1-3/4"
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
MATERIAL
Sterling Silver, Silver, Crystal

Laurie Steig Vintage Jewelry

Modernist Biomorphic Brooch Pendant with Rock Crystal, Henry Steig, Sterling Silver

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