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Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry

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Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry

Mid-century sterling silver abstract design brooch pin. Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry

Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry (1950-80s)
Born in New York City in 1915, 20-year-old American artist Hilda Kraus went to Europe to continue her studies and improve her skills after graduating from Hunter College. In the 1950s and 60s, she studied at the International Academy of Arts in Salzburg, Austria, and learned the technology of making silver and enamelware from the best masters in Europe. Among them, in particular, were well-known workshops in Denmark, France, Germany and Italy.

Noteworthy, she managed to combine her studies in jewelry art with business and teaching. So, she owned workshops and stores in her native New York City, Connecticut and Maine. In addition, Hilda taught at the Crafts Center in Brookfield, Minnesota and had been a regular exhibitor at art exhibitions, receiving numerous awards and prizes. Her work is in the collections of the Art Museums of New York, Delaware, Connecticut and other states.
Many-awarded artist, enamellist, jewelry designer, silversmith and teacher, Hilda Kraus lived a long life, almost 100 years. She died in Westport, Connecticut on June 2, 2014.

Abstract design multicolor enamel sterling silver brooch. 1950s

Abstract design multicolor enamel sterling silver brooch. 1950s

Maker's mark 1

Maker’s mark

Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry

Bottles still life brooch. Multicolor enamel on sterling silver

Bottles still life brooch. Multicolor enamel on sterling silver

Fish sterling silver dangle earrings

Fish sterling silver dangle earrings

Leaf sterling silver brooch. 1960s

Leaf sterling silver brooch. 1960s

Owl brooch. Sterling silver, enamel

Owl brooch. Sterling silver, enamel

Pewter Belt Buckle

Pewter Belt Buckle

Quartz cabochons sterling silver brooch pin

Quartz cabochons sterling silver brooch pin

Rectangular shape birds design brooch. Enamel on copper. 1960s

Rectangular shape birds design brooch. Enamel on copper. 1960s

Set with a cameo sterling silver brooch pendant

Set with a cameo sterling silver brooch pendant

Star and planets triangular box. Sterling silver, enamel. 1960s

Star and planets triangular box. Sterling silver, enamel. 1960s

Teardrop shaped sterling silver enameled brooch pin

Teardrop shaped sterling silver enameled brooch pin

Tie Bar Clip. Sterling silver, 1950s

Tie Bar Clip. Sterling silver, 1950s

Vintage celestial motif enameled brooch pin

Vintage celestial motif enameled brooch pin

Maker's mark 2

Maker’s mark