Henryk Winograd (circa 1917 - 2008) was a rare master of many ancient and lost silversmithing techniques which were passed down to him through a family of silversmiths.
He worked primarily in repoussé, the intensive art of working from the back of the sheet of silver by hand, then hammering and re-hammering the surface ("repoussé " from the French "re-pushing"). The fine art of repoussé is for the most part obsolete, now replaced by machine stamping which is hardly comparable. Winograd is the only silversmith in American history to have had a one-man show of his work in the Rotunda of Congress, Washington, D.C...an impressive honor.
This Winograd pendant is a repousse cameo of a little girl, pensively cupping her chin. It's marked at bottom...HW999 - his hallmark for pure silver (999/1000). The pendant measures 7/8 by 1 1/4 inches. It's 1/4 inch thick.
We've added the pendant to an Italian 925 sterling silver box chain which measures 18 inches and looks beautiful with the pendant. This piece is circa 1970s, in excellent vintage condition. Winograd's work is museum quality and highly collectible. This is a rare treat for us to offer it to you.
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