Rebajes Copper Abstract Coil Rope Scrolls Harmony Brooch
Here's an unusual motif for all you Rebajes collectors. A pair of large coiled rope braid or twist copper cable in a scroll backward S riveted to a large copper rectangle brooch or pin. Great ethnographic mid-century modern abstract design.
Measures 2" tall by 2 1/2" wide with rounded corners. Pin back works fine. Marked on back Rebajes. Dark patina around the raised scroll motifs. I have not polished this.
Frank Rebajes was the "first Modernist jeweler to open a studio/shop in New York City. In 1934, he had a shop at 184 West fourth Street where he sold his "handmade silver and copper jewelry and small objects". In 1937, his work was included in the exhibition 'Contemporary and Handwrought Silver" at the Brooklyn Museum and 'Silver, An Exhibition of Contemporary American Design by Manufacturers, Designers, and Craftsmen' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1940, he exhibited at the Metropolitan's 'Contemporary American Industrial Art'. He received a bronze medal at the 'International Exposition of Arts and Techniques in Paris' in 1937 and "created sculptures for the theater in the United States Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, where he also won a gold medal. He went into production in the 1940s, creating pieces in mostly copper or silverplated metal. In 1958, Rebajes sold his factory operation and original designs to Otto Bade and later moved to Spain where he continued to make handwrought pieces.