For sale here is a very rare one of a kind vintage 1950s handmade hammered pewter salad server set by American artist/enamelist etc, Hilda Kraus. This set is modern art for your table! Hilda Kraus was a bit of a renaissance-woman, and worked in a lot of different materials over the course of her career. She is very well known for her handmade pewter boxes with inset enamel on gold overlaid on silver sections, and I have listed here on Ruby Lane a pendant in pewter with one of these gold over silver enameled sections. This is the first salad server set by her that I have come across in any material, and the set is entirely handmade hand-hammered and no doubt is a one of a kind set.
Here's a short bio of the artist that I found online...
Hilda Kraus, a well-known designer, artist, jeweler, enamelist and metalsmith, was born in New York City in 1915. She had a B.A. from Hunter College in 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.
The two pieces of this set each measure 9-1/4" long by 3" wide, and weigh a total of 241.4 grams. Both are marked at backs "Hilda Kraus Pewter". Pewter is a soft metal, so there are fine light scratches to the metal and some tarnish in spots that can be easily removed with a jar of store-bought pewter polish, or you may choose to have them professionally polished if you want to display them as a sculptural object - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
RARE 1950s Hilda Kraus One of a Kind Handmade Pewter Sculptural Modernist Salad Server SET
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