For sale here is a HUGE vintage 1950s handmade sterling silver and genuine pearl sculptural modernist brooch pin by California artist/silversmith Esther Lewittes of Los Angeles. A gorgeous sculptural design that makes a statement when worn! Reminds me of a bird, perhaps a seagull? Here's a short bio of the artist that I compiled from online sources:
Esther Lewittes was an American studio jeweler working primarily in the 1950s and ‘60s. She made a name for herself in California not only as a craftsperson but as a gallery owner. She imparted a measure of elegance to some of her designs using genuine pearls and more flowing lines than the average Modernist jeweler.
Originally from New York, Esther Lewittes began her jewelry-making career in the early 1950s. She was educated in New York at Columbia University and studied industrial design at the Art Students League in New York. She apprenticed with a jeweler who was on staff at Cartier before moving to the West Coast to start her own business.
Lewittes’ work was sold through several retail outlets, including the Georg Jensen shop in New York and the famous Gumps in San Francisco. She also established her gallery in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, where she sold her own jewelry pieces as well as a variety of objects made by other artists.
Her style has been described as restrained, and some pieces are even flowing and somewhat elegant for modern jewelry. She also imparted a sculptural essence to her designs, with a number being three-dimensional in nature. Lewittes, who was known by her friends and colleagues for being quite outgoing and fun, died in 1990.
Measures 3-1/8" long by 1" at widest and weighs 9.5 grams total. Marked at back as shown, "Lewittes" and "Sterling". Lewittes was known in her day for using only natural pearls in her sculptural jewelry creations. Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear and tarnish 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.
HUGE Vintage 1950s Esther LEWITTES Handmade Sterling Silver & Pearl Sculptural Modernist BROOCH
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