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Art Smith Articulated Brooch in Sterling Silver
Lot # 310 - Art Smith Articulated Brooch in Sterling Silver
An Art Smith sterling silver brooch featuring one 12mm round glass bead swinging freely in a wrapped silver body of formed and fitted silver which retains the original patina.

4 in. length

Arthur Smith was born to Jamaican parents in Cuba in 1917. His family settled in Brooklyn in 1920 and Smith showed artistic talent at an early age, winning honorable mention as an eighth grader in a poster contest held by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Encouraged to apply to art school, he received a scholarship to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. There he was one of only a handful of black students, and his advisors tried to steer him towards architecture, suggesting he might readily find a job in the civil sector of that profession. His lack of proclivity for mathematics eventually forced him to abandon this path, however, and he turned to commercial art and a major in sculpture, training that would prove invaluable.

After graduating in 1940, Smith worked first with the National Youth Administration and later for Junior Achievement, an organization devoted to helping teenagers find employment. He also took a night course in jewelry making at New York University. That and the friendship with Winifred Mason, a black jewelry designer who became his mentor, set him on the course of his adult artistic life. Mason had a small jewelry studio and store in Greenwich Village, and Smith became her full time assistant. He subsequently moved from Brooklyn to the Village’s Bank Street.

In 1946 Smith opened his own studio and shop on Cornelia Street in the village with the financial assistance of a near-stranger who wished to undermine Mason because of bad feelings over business transactions. Cornelia Street was an “Italian block” then, and Smith suffered racial violence from some of his neighbors. His store-front windows were smashed on one occasion and he was made to feel dangerously unwanted. Soon after, he moved to 140 West Fourth Street just 1/2 block from Washington Square park, the heart of Greenwich Village where as an openly gay black artist he felt more at home.

The new store was better located business-wise and socially, and Smith’s career began to take off. In addition to selling from this new location, he started to sell his wares to craft stores in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago, and by the mid-1950’s he had business relationships with Bloomingdale’s and Milton Heffing in Manhattan, James Boutique in Houston, L’Unique in Minneapolis, and Black Tulip in Dallas.

An important early influence on Smith’s career was Tally Beatty, a young black dancer and choreographer. Beatty introduced Smith to the dance world “salon” of Frank and Dorcas Neal, where he became acquainted with some of the city’s leading black artists including writer James Baldwin, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, singers Lena Horne and Harry Belfonte, actor Brock Peters, and expressionist painter Charles Sebree. Through Beatty, Smith also began to design jewelry for several avant-garde black dance companies, including, in addition to Beatty’s own, those of Pearl Primus and Claude Marchant. These commissions encouraged him to design on a grander scale than he might otherwise have done, and the theatricality of many of his larger pieces may well reflect this experience.

In the early 1950’s Smith received feature pictorial coverage in both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and was also mentioned in The New Yorker shopper’s guide, “On the Avenue.” For many years thereafter he ran a small advertisement in the back of The New Yorker. By the 1960’s he had begun to use silver more readily in his jewelry, and as his client base increased so did his custom designs. He received a prestigious commission from the Peekskill, New York, chapter of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, for example, to design a brooch for Eleanor Roosevelt, and he made cufflinks for Duke Ellington that incorporated the first notes of Ellington’s famous 1930 song “Mood Indigo.”

In 1969 he was honored with a one-man exhibition at New York’s Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Art and Design), and in 1970 he was included in Objects: USA, a large traveling exhibition organized by Lee Nordness, an influential early dealer in craft objects. After his death 3 major exhibits were organized celebrating his work; "Arthur Smith A Jeweler's Retrospective" at the Jamaica Arts Center in Queens NY, 1990, "Sculpture to Wear; Art Smith and his Contemporaries", at the Gansevoort Gallery, NYC, 1998, and "From the Village to Vogue" at the Brooklyn Museum., 2008. Small catalogues from the 2 museum shows are available. The definitive collection and exhibit of all the artist jewelers of Art Smith's generation is beautifully illustrated and discussed in "Messengers on Modernism American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960", written by Toni Greenbaum published by Flammarion and the Montreal Museum in 1996.

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 and Art Smith died in 1982. -- excerpted from the Brooklyn Museum's FROM THE VILLAGE TO VOGUE: THE MODERNIST JEWELRY OF ART SMITH show catalogue
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Mason-Kay Certified 'A' Jade Brooch with Diamonds
Lot # 240 - Mason-Kay Certified 'A' Jade Brooch with Diamonds
An 18k white gold vintage brooch containing 52, SI1-SI2, H-I color single cut round diamonds weighing approximately 1.17 carats total weight and five oval cabochon jadeite 'A' jade. Certified Natural Jadeite Jade-No Dye or Polymer Detected-'A' Jade. With certificate.

6.8 dwt.
2" x1.125"
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Parker 51" Special Edition Vista Blue and Silver Fountain Pen " width="224" />
51" Special Edition Vista Blue and Silver Fountain Pen ">Lot # 237 - Parker "51" Special Edition Vista Blue and Silver Fountain Pen
This Parker "51" Vista Blue Parker fountain pen is a special Empire State edition. This Empire State finish is one of the rarest finishes made by Parker. This fountain pen features a beautiful white metal Empire cap and has a fine solid gold nib. This pen is in its original box and casing.
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Montblanc <i>Meisterstuck</i> Rollerball Pen
Lot # 162 - Montblanc Meisterstuck Rollerball Pen
This lot includes one Montblanc black resin rollerball pen. The pen features gold accents with the Montblanc star on cap. The pen comes with paperwork.
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Antique Dry Powder Fire Extingusher
Lot # 231 - Antique Dry Powder Fire Extingusher
"The Home Fire Extinguisher," manufactured by the Home Chemical Company, Rochester, New York, probably in the early 20th century. It has a metal tube, 22 inches long and 2 inches in diameter, with a metal ring on the top end. The directions for use are printed on the tube: Hang on strong hook. Pull down quickly thus opening the tube. Hurl the powder forcibly with sweeping motion into base of flames. For chimney fires: throw a few handfuls up any opening below the fire.
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Lot of Various Shot Shells
Lot # 337 - Lot of Various Shot Shells
Lot of varying length and gauge sizes of shot shells and manufacturers. Manufacturers include Remington, Sun X and Eley "Alpha Max."
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Garnet, Emerald and Pearl Rings in Silver and Gold
Lot # 435 - Garnet, Emerald and Pearl Rings in Silver and Gold
In this collection is an assortment of eight gold and silver rings. Seven rings are 14 karat gold with a weight of 8.4 dwt. Two gold rings contain 2 center pearls. One ring contains one center emerald with two pearls, one contains one center emerald with 6 pearls, one contains two 3mm emeralds with two diamonds, and another contains one 5mm x 4mm aquamarine. One gold ring contains two green tsavorite garnets and four rose cut diamonds, ca mid-1800s. One ring is silver with two white stones and one green stone. Rings vary in size.
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A.G.T.A Certified Natural Yellow Sapphire Earrings Set in Platinum with Diamonds
Lot # 409 - A.G.T.A Certified Natural Yellow Sapphire Earrings Set in Platinum with Diamonds
A pair of A.G.T.A. certified natural sapphire earrings with four matching cushion cut yellow sapphires. Each sapphire is surrounded by micro set SI1-2, G-H color round brilliant diamonds. The drops are suspended by platinum wires with each having a 3.5mm faceted and drilled bead-shaped diamond. Certificate included. 1.46 carats total diamond weight. 7.64 carats total sapphire weight. 1" tall.
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<i>Buck 184</i> Survival Knife
Lot # 371 - Buck 184 Survival Knife
Vintage 1980s Buck 184 pre-pat. pending Buckmaster Navy Seals all-metal survival knife.
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Asian Inkwell Group
Lot # 419 - Asian Inkwell Group
19th-20th century. An assembled group of inkwells in the Asian taste including a gilt metal teapot form inkwell with compass-inset lid, a bronze and cloisonne standish, a ceramic figural inkwell with double pen stands and an Imari-style porcelain inkwell with sterling lid, struck for Birmingham 1904; ht. 2.5, wd. 5.5, dp. 4.5 in.
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Aquastar Grand Air Automatic 10 ATM Wrist Watch
Lot # 88 - Aquastar Grand Air Automatic 10 ATM Wrist Watch
An Aquastar Grand Air automatic. 17 jewel caliber 1713 automatic movement. Cognac dial with diamond cut bezel markers. Date feature. Case number 500108. All original including crown.
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