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Modern Cuff

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Modern Cuff

Artwork Details


Arthur "Art" Smith (American, 1917-1982), designer and maker


ca. 1948


Sterling silver

Accession #



1 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 4 inches


On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 421


Modern Cuff by one of America’s foremost Studio Craft jewelers Art Smith utilizes a compelling combination of modernist and primitive influences, usage of negative space, dynamic scale, and strong linearity. Smith typically avoided expensive materials traditionally used in jewelry-making in favor of lesser materials, such as copper, brass, and aluminum; this piece made of sterling silver is a rarity.

Jewelers saw Studio Craft as a broader movement to promote artistic handcraft as an alternative way of making things in the machine age. The early modernist jewelry designers created vibrant and fresh pieces where form, workmanship, and aesthetic ideals were more important than intrinsic materials.


Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment