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henry steig cuff -sold-

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1950s handcrafted, modernist cuff in polished and oxidized sterling silver by Henry Steig.  Marked Steig Sterling.  In very fine condition.

A jazz musician in NY in the 1920s, a commercial artist in the 1930s, and a writer in the 1940s, Henry Steig was in his 40s when he decided to try his hand at jewelry. He had his first exhibition in 1949, and in 1950 opened a store in Manhattan and another in Provincetown which operated during summer months. Steig was a constructivist, layering silver forms and using negative space as a design element.

Steig's work is documented in "Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960", and in "Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960".

Side Note: Steig's Manhattan shop can be seen in the background of Marilyn Monroe's famous subway grate scene in the "Seven Year Itch".

Dimensions:  1/2” Band Width