Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver handmade brooch by Maxwell Chayat c. 1955. This interesting piece has carved, stacked and layered shapes giving it a deep, dimensional look. The brooch is 2" long X 5/8" wide (maximum dimensions). The piece has a secure closure. It weighs 7.7 grams. The back is marked "Chayat" + "Sterling".
Maxwell Chayat (1909 - 1982) was born in Paris. He came to the United States as a child during World War I. He graduated from Columbia University. He is primarily known for his sculpture. A large portion of his work is in private collections. His pieces represent a strong Jewish influence and modernist design elements.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
Please note that vintage jewelry has been pre-owned, worn, and loved by its owner. The charm and beauty of vintage silver jewelry comes from the unique variations and characteristics inherent in hand-wrought silver. You may be able to see the artisan's tool marks. It is not new and perfect, nor should it be. Vintage silver items may also show age appropriate tarnish. This piece has its original patina.
Artistic Max Chayat MCM Handwrought Brooch c. 1955