For sale here is a HUGE Rare one of a kind vintage 1950s handmade sterling silver gold enamel and pewter modernist Face design pendant by American mid-century modernist artist/enamelist Hilda Kraus (1915-2014). A striking design in sterling silver with gold overlay under the enamel which is then set in a pewter frame, and hung on a black fabric cord. Here's a short bio of the artist that I found online...
Hilda Kraus, a well-known designer, artist, jeweler, enamellist and metal work designer, was born in New York City in 1915. She had a B.A. from Hunter College 1935 and completed her post graduate studies at International Academy of Art, Salzburg, Austria, in 1967, 72, 77. Ms. Kraus served as an apprentice to a Danish silversmith for 3 years. and studied traditional enameling methods in the great centers of Europe (France, Italy, Germany). She at one time had shops in N.Y.C, Connecticut and Maine. When she moved to Westport in the 1950’s she maintained her studio in her home. Hilda spent many hours teaching and taking classes at the Brookfield Craft Center, as well as being a part of both solo and joint exhibitions there. Hilda was a lifetime member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and a Master Craftsman as awarded by the Society for Connecticut Craftsman. During her lifetime, Hilda was the recipient of many awards and prizes for her work both here and in Europe, especially for her work in cloisonné enamels. Her work is in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.
In 1946, her work was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called Modern Handmade Jewelry, one of the earliest and most influential jewelry exhibitions in the postwar period. She was also awarded a purchase prize in the seminal exhibition Enamels ’70 organized by the Craft Alliance of St. Louis.
Understanding the vision and importance of the Brookfield Craft Center as an institution of fine craft and catalyst for creativity, Ms. Kraus left a legacy gift to the BCC upon her death in 2014. Through the generosity of her long-time friend and Brookfield Craft Center supporter, Nell Mullen, a retrospective exhibition of her life’s work was featured in the Lynn Tendler Bignell gallery at the Craft Center in April of 2017.
This very large pendant measures 3-3/8" by 2-3/4" 'wide, and hangs on a black fabric cord of 24". Total weight for the pendant including the cord is 42.9 grams. The cord is tied at the back and is intended to be slipped over the head, but can be easily replaced with another cord, a chain, or a neckring if preferred. As you can see in my last couple photos, the enamel is protected from the back with a piece of black leather to cushion the impact when it's set down, and this is probably why the enamel is in perfect condition after all these years. Marked at back as shown, "Hilda Kraus", also "Sterling Pewter". Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear to the pewter frame which is a relatively soft metal so it scuff easily but can also easily be buffed up if preferred - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
RARE One of a Kind 1950s Hilda Kraus Sterling Gold Enamel & Pewter Modernist Face Design PENDANT
$1,495 25% Off
You save $373
USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail
|Est. Tax:||We are unable to obtain a tax quote at this time.|
Shipping options to USA