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Margaret De Patta

When Margaret De Patta began her jewelry career there was virtually no tradition of handcrafted jewelry within which to work and few of today's supporting and nurturing elements for the arts were present. Within this milieu, Margaret De Patta is further distinguished by being one of the few American jewelers whose work and ideas were allied to the then currently evolving ideas presented in the modern art movement. Her strong motivation to establish jewelry as an informed and personal expression of the highest order led her to become one of the leading spokespersons for the dignity of the metalworkers craft as it developed during the relatively arid environment of the thirties in this country.

History

Margaret De Patta

(1903 - 1964)

Margaret De Patta was a seminal figure in the American Modernist Jewelry movement. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild and is widely acknowledged as a mentor to many of the Bay Area jewelers. Her architectural forms were influenced by the Constructivists. The De Patta cuff bracelet and ring epitomize her use of simple lines and structure. Her work is included in the collections of the Oakland Museum, The British Museum in London, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

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Collections

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
The British Museum, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

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