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Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

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Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Geometric design sterling silver pin. Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry

Bill Tendler mid-century modernist jewelry (1948-1973)
Iconic American silversmith Bill Tendler (1906-1973) was one of the founders of the wearable art movement, along with such renowned metalsmiths as Sam Kramer, Arthur King, Francisco Rebajes, Ed Wiener and Art Smith. Greenwich Village in New York was an urban artists’ colony and home to their shops, including Tendler’s studio, which he operated on West 4th Street from 1948 to 1963. Tendler later moved to another part of Greenwich Village, where he worked until his death in 1973.

Handcrafted mostly from sterling silver and signed “Tendler,” his jewelry looks like miniature abstract or geometric sculpture. In addition to sterling silver, the artist used natural stones, including citrine, agate, and more.
Noteworthy, according to some sources, in the 1970s, Bill Tendler began working with gold and was active until 1981, the year of his death.


Black agate sterling silver brooch pin

Black agate sterling silver brooch pin

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Citrine sterling silver pendant

Citrine sterling silver pendant

Cuff bracelet, sterling silver

Cuff bracelet, sterling silver

Dragonfly pin

Dragonfly pin

Fish sterling silver brooch pin

Fish sterling silver brooch pin

Fleur-de-lis sterling cufflinks

Fleur-de-lis sterling cufflinks

Mid-century modernist sterling silver brooch pendant with agate

Mid-century modernist sterling silver brooch pendant with agate

Modernist sterling silver earrings. 1950s

Modernist sterling silver earrings. 1950s

Paisley sterling brooch pin

Paisley sterling brooch pin

Purple stone sterling silver brooch

Purple stone sterling silver brooch

Snail sterling silver brooch

Snail sterling silver brooch

Whale sterling pin

Whale sterling pin

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark