For sale here is a BIG and rare pair of vintage 1950s one of a kind handmade sterling silver modernist 'wave' design cufflinks by California artisan Esther Lewittes of Los Angeles. Wonderful and unique mid-century modernist design with her usual superlative craftsmanship in sterling. The only pair of this design by Lewittes that I have seen in my 40+ year career! Here's a short biography of the artist that I found online (from the Toni Greenbaum article "Modernist Jewelers in Los Angeles" on the Ganoksin website....
"Of the modernist jewelers working in and around Los Angeles , Esther Lewittes emerges as one of the most engaging. According to Bernard Kesler, chief installation designer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who worked on the “California Design” exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum in the 1960, and 1970s,  “Esther was loads of fun … a real `nut.’  Like Al Pine, Lewittes came from New York City , where she received a degree from Columbia University ‘s Teachers’ College. While in New York , she also studied industrial design at the Art Students League and jewelry making with a staff jeweler at Cartier. She began making jewelry in the early 1950s and sold her work through stores such as Georg Jensen and America House in New York and Nanny’s in San Francisco . Around 1961 she opened a gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, moving to Melrose Avenue after about a year. She showed her own jewelry as well as other artists’ work, in many media. Her stele was mostly three-dimensional and restrained, utilizing both forging and casting, and sometimes incorporating semiprecious stones and wood or ivory."
Each measures 1" long by 5/8" wide, and the pair weigh a hefty 20.1 grams total. Marked as shown with her earliest marks, "Lewittes Hand Made Sterling". Most likely a one of a kind pair as most of her earliest designs were. Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
RARE Vintage 1950s Esther LEWITTES California Handmade Sterling Silver Modernist CUFFLINKS
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