Margaret De Patta

Studio jewelry pioneer Margaret De Patta blended Constructivist principals with Bauhaus design to create miniature sculpture that moved with its wearer. Based in the Bay Area, De Patta is credited with starting the American studio jewelry movement on the West Coast. OMCA holds the largest collection of De Patta’s work, most of which was donated by her husband Eugene Bielawski after the artist’s untimely death in 1964. The Margaret De Patta Memorial Collection includes pendants, rings, brooches, and other items of adornment designed and produced by the artist over the course of her 35-year career. In addition, OMCA also houses important archival materials that document the artist’s life as well as her business, Designs Contemporary.

 

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1935-40
1946

man's ring

1930-1938
c.1939-1940

Oxidized sterling silver with sliding silver ball.

1930-1935
1956
1930-1935
1946

Two halves spell "MARGARET", man's ring, her husband's?

1930

sterling silver and three persian turquoise gem stones

1944

Sterling silver pin set with a spherical quartz stone in a modern geometric form.

1947

Catalog #60 white gold, perspective cut quartz crystal, black onyx

1942

NOTES: Catalog #49

1939

Depatta signet ring

Untitled
early 20th century to mid 20th century

This is a sterling silver pin composed of triangular and curved geometric shapes. A white pearl is set in the center of the pin surrounded by short silver rods.

1960
c.1935-1940

Kidney shaped earring with irregular bezel set varigated malachite, adorned with a silver bead.0.875

c.1955
1946-1957|1946-1947

Silver brooch in a shape reminiscent of a butterfly. One edge is closed and has a stamped pattern across. The other end is open with a small metal T shaped piece in the center of the opening....

Pendant
1956

Handbook selection, 1984. White gold with ebony mount and rhomboid quartz crystal faceted in opposing courses.

Pin
1946
Pendant
1951

Catalog #4 Sterling silver with stainless steel screen and bezel set freeform cabochon crystal

Ring
1947
Bracelet
1930-1935
Pin
c.1939
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