Jo Michels was an American silversmith based in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. She shared a Greenwich Village shop on West 8th Street with two other notable Modernist silversmiths...Mary Gage and Lillian Pines.
Michels usually produced round or oval repoussé pieces that reflected a stylized naturalism. This pin by Michels is an intricate weave of silver wirework. The shape is a flower with a raised ball center, surrounded by silver beadwork. But oh those petals!...that extreme level of workmanship is rarely seen. Those wires not only twist into flowing curves but the tops are textured to look like rope. Hand done. Incredible!
The pin measures 1 3/4 inches across. The back is signed with a small applied nameplate that says...JO MICHELS - STERLING. We've given it a light wipe but leave any polishing to buyer as some might prefer the patina as it is. Secure rollover pin. Excellent condition. A rare piece by this talented mid-century artist.
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