Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

1950s Art Smith American Modernist Patinated Brass Kinetic Screw Back Earrings

$1,850

About the Item

1950s dangling kinetic leaf earrings created by Art Smith of New York City, New York. Earrings measure 3" in length and are of the screw back variety. Signed art Smith on the back of one earring, Art Smith. In very good vintage 1950s condition. Born in Cuba in 1917, the Smith family moved to Brooklyn, NY shortly afterward and settled in Brooklyn, NY. Arthur showed his artistic talent from a young age, and participated in various art contests. He received a scholarship to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. After graduating in 1940, he attended jewelry making classes at New York University. Knowledge of the jewelry business and the friendship with Winifred Mason, identified the future of Smith. He opened his first shop in Greenwich Village in 1946, later at 140 West Fourth Street, New York, which was the start of his career. Smith opened stores around the U.S., Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and by the mid 1950’s he was able to establish business relationships with famous companies namely, Bloomingdale’s, Milton Heffing in Manhattan, James Boutique in Houston, L’Unique in Minneapolis, and Black Tulip in Dallas. Also, he received coverage in Vogue, Harper’s Bazzar and mentioned in The New Yorker. In 1969 he had a one-man exhibition at New York’s Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Art and Design). Besides, in 1970 he participated in Objects: USA, a large traveling exhibition. Organized by Lee Nordness, an influential early dealer in craft objects. After his death, three major exhibits celebrated his work. Among them “Arthur Smith, A Jeweler’s Retrospective” at the Jamacia Arts Center in Queens NY in 1990. Also, “Sculpture to Wear, Art Smith and his Contemporaries” at the Gansevoort Gallery, NYC, 1998. Also, “From the Village to Vogue” at the Brooklyn Museum in 2008. Smith had had a heart attack in the 1960s, and by the late 1970s his health had declined. The shop on West Fourth was closed in 1979. Smith died in 1982.
  • Creator:
  • Metal:
  • Style:
  • Place of Origin:
    United States
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1950s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. In very good vintage condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU28013780542

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Retrieving quote...
    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
5.0
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2000
1stDibs seller since 2012
420 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This SellerView All
  • Ed Wiener Gold Pearl Kinetic American Modernist Chandelier Earrings
    By Ed Wiener
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    14k gold and pearl chandelier style earrings created by Ed Wiener of New York City, New York. Earrings measure 4.5" in length and are of the pierced variety. Earrings are unsigned ...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Pearl, 14k Gold, Gold

  • Heidi Abrahamson Sterling Silver Brass Kinetic Earrings
    By Heidi Abrahamson
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Brushed sterling silver and brass jointed pierced earrings created by Heidi Abrahamson of Phoenix, Arizona. Earrings measure 4.25" by 2.25" and are signed Heidi, .925. In very good...
    Category

    2010s American Modernist Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Sterling Silver, Brass

  • Heidi Abrahamson Pearl Brass Kinetic Mobile Earrings
    By Heidi Abrahamson
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Pearl and brass kinetic mobile earrings created by Heidi Abrahamson of Phoenix, Arizona. Earrings have 14k gold filled ear hooks and measure 4" in length by 1.25" wide. Unsigned.
    Category

    2010s Drop Earrings

    Materials

    Pearl, Brass

    Heidi Abrahamson Pearl Brass Kinetic Mobile Earrings
    $495 Sale Price
    28% Off
    Free Shipping
  • Kinetic Sterling Silver American Modernist Dangling Earrings by Gardner
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Hand made, linked sterling silver cut out earrings created by Gardner. These large, screwback earrings are reminiscent of designs by Arthur Smith of New York and measure 3 5/16" lon...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Sterling Silver

  • Jane Walker Sterling Silver Coral Wood American Modernist Kinetic Earrings
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Kinetic sterling silver earrings with coral and wood beads. Screw back earrings measure 1.75" in length and are signed Jane Walker, Sterling on reverse. In very good vintage conditi...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Coral, Sterling Silver

  • Heidi Abrahamson Blue Agate Glass and Acrylic Post Modernist Earrings
    By Heidi Abrahamson
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Architectural Post Modernist earrings created by Heidi Abrahamson of Phoenix, Arizona. Earrings measure 6" in length and are hand made with architectural grade acrylic discs, recons...
    Category

    2010s American Artisan Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Agate, Brass, Sterling Silver

People Also Browsed
  • Art Smith Modernist Mobile Earrings
    By Art Smith
    Located in New York, NY
    Art Smith Modernist Mobile Earrings in brass from the 1950's. Athough unsigned, this is a well recognized design of his (see Brooklyn Museum Collection) and the metal earring fixture...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Brass

  • Pair of Iconic Art Smith Modernette Cuffs
    By Art Smith
    Located in Riverdale, NY
    Pair of Iconic Art Smith "Modernette" Cuffs from the 1940's in sterling silver. Pioneering jeweler Art Smith created some of the most iconic designs in the Modernist period. Examples...
    Category

    Vintage 1940s American Modernist Cuff Bracelets

    Materials

    Sterling Silver

  • Cartier Just Un Clour, by Aldo Cipullo, Instant Iconic Piece, 18K White Gold
    By Aldo Cipullo for Cartier
    Located in Canterbury, GB
    Launched in 1971, the Cartier Juste un clou, (the ‘Nail Bracelet’) was created from the imagination of Cartier designer Aldo Cipullo. An instant icon, and in production today, this i...
    Category

    2010s More Bracelets

    Materials

    White Gold

  • Ed Wiener Gold American Abstract Modernist Earrings
    By Ed Wiener
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    18k gold abstract modernist earrings designed and created by Ed Wiener of New York City, New York. Earrings are of the screwback variety and can easily be converted for pierced ears...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Drop Earrings

    Materials

    18k Gold, Gold

  • 1950s Ed Wiener Turquoise Sterling Silver Abstract Modernist Earrings
    By Ed Wiener
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Abstract modern screwback earrings in sterling silver with turquoise bead accent circa 1950's. Earrings were created by Ed Wiener of New York City, New York and measure 1.75" long. ...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s American Modernist Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Turquoise, Sterling Silver

You May Also Like
  • 1.00 Carat Diamond Gold Dangle Chandelier Earrings, circa 1950s
    Located in Stamford, CT
    Geometric dangle diamond earrings in 18k white gold. circa 1950-1960. 18k White gold 88 full cut diamonds, approx. total weight 1.00cts, H, VS-SI Top to bottom: 34.78mm or 1.37 in...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

  • Diamond Dangle Chandelier Front Back Earrings
    By Diamond Scene New York
    Located in New York, NY
    A fabulous and grand pair of front back diamond dangle earrings. 16.14 carats of white round brilliant and marquise cut diamonds set in 18k white gold. Impeccably designed, three...
    Category

    21st Century and Contemporary Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Diamond

  • Vintage Sterling Silver Modernist Mobile Chandelier Earrings
    Located in Stamford, CT
    Reminiscent of Calder or the wonderful jewelry of Art Smith, these artist made sterling silver earrings by Mary Ann Scherr are six cascading triangles appearing like airplanes or abs...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century American Modernist Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Sterling Silver

  • 1950s Emerald and Diamond French Screw Back Earrings in Platinum
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    Circa: 1950 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 3.0 grams Diamond Details: Carat: 0.21 carat total weight Shape: Round Color: G Clarity: VS Emerald Details: Carat: 0.40 carat total weigh...
    Category

    Vintage 1950s Unknown Retro More Earrings

    Materials

    Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

  • Victorian Enamel Girandole Chandelier Dangle Lever-Back 18k Gold Earrings
    Located in Pamplona, Navarra
    Extraordinary dangling chandelier 18 karat rose girandole earrings. France. Eagle's head hallmark. Lever-back system. Weight: 5.5 grams. Width: 2.5 cm. Length: 6 cm. FREE SHIPPING. ...
    Category

    Vintage 1930s French Napoleon III Chandelier Earrings

    Materials

    Gold, Enamel, 18k Gold

  • Signed Designer Mettal Studios / Stefani & Co 18k Gold & Opal Modernist Earrings
    Located in Philadelphia, PA
    A very fine pair of signed gold and opal earrings. By Cary Stefani and the Mettal Studios Inc. In 18k yellow and white golds. Set with large, smooth oval opal cabochons. (We assu...
    Category

    20th Century American Modernist Dangle Earrings

    Materials

    Opal, Gold, 18k Gold

Featured in PrideView All
  • LADIES & GENTLEMEN FS II.128
    By Andy Warhol
    Located in Aventura, FL
    From the Ladies and Gentlemen Portfolio. Screenprint in colors on arches paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist on verso. AP edition of 25. Published by Luciano Anselmino,...
    Category

    1970s Pop Art Figurative Prints

    Materials

    Paper, Screen

  • "LOVE" Ring by Robert Indiana
    By Robert Indiana
    Located in Chicago, IL
    “LOVE” RING BY ROBERT INDIANA United States, 1969 Gilded brass Weight 17.5 gr., US size 6.5, UK size N This cast ring of gilded brass has a wide flat hoop that is textured on th...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s American Modernist Fashion Rings

    Materials

    Gold

    "LOVE" Ring by Robert Indiana
    $2,000 Sale Price
    20% Off
    Free Shipping
  • Graffiti Artist Keith Haring, Color 17 x 22" Exhibition Photograph
    By Jack Mitchell
    Located in Senoia, GA
    Graffiti and visual artist Keith Haring photographed with one of his paintings in April 1984. One of Mitchell's most beautiful color photographs. This exhibition print is 17 x 22". C...
    Category

    1980s Pop Art Color Photography

    Materials

    Archival Pigment

  • Mel Fillini in Frame #2 [Male Nude in Cartouche]
    By George Platt Lynes
    Located in New York, NY
    Mel Fillini in Frame #2 [Male Nude in Cartouche] 1954 George Platt Lynes studio stamp in black ink, verso Vintage gelatin silver print 5.625 x 9 inches (14.3 x 22.9 cm) Contact g...
    Category

    1950s Contemporary Photography

    Materials

    Silver Gelatin

  • Lula Chair, Ivory Bouclé & Natural Wood Chair by Christian Siriano
    By Christian Siriano
    Located in New York, NY
    Made to order bouclé and wood chair designed by Christian Siriano. Base: Natural Maple Fabric for seat/back cushion: Ivory Bouclé Measures: Overall depth: 28” Overall hei...
    Category

    2010s American Modern Chairs

    Materials

    Bouclé, Maple

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery