Collection

Margaret De Patta, Watch, 1942, sterling silver, ebony, H:  2 in, W: 2.5 in, D: 1 in. Art Deaccession Fund Purchase.

Margaret De Patta Jewelry

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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