Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today's Featured Vintage Designer - Art

Today's featured is Art. This company was in business from the 1940s to the 1970s and made whimsical figures, made great use of enamel techniques and used interesting stones and color combinations. Their interpretations of Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco designs make them a popular choice of collectors. They are also known for their lovely Christmas Designs.

Art, also known as ModeArt, was founded in New York, New York by Arthur Pepper. The company manufactured reproductions of antique designs and sold them wholesale throughout the Rhinestone period after World War II. Other contemporary designers of the time in the same circle as Art were Florenza, Hollycraft and BSK.

Art jewelry was quite moderately priced at the time, and was mass produced. Their pieces were found in many department stores all over the United States. Because of this, Art jewelry is quite easily found by today's collectors. Their Christmas jewelry is readily seen today.

Since the jewelry is readily available, there is no reason to purchase pieces that are not in top quality condition.

Art jewelry pieces were marked in several ways. Some were signed "ART" in printed capital letters. After 1955, you will find them signed Art with the copyright symbol. They can also be signed ModeArt and Mode-Art. Here are examples of the marks:

Value of the pieces today - Art Jewelry is undervalued in today's market, mainly because of the quality and workmanship of the designs. The best pieces for investment are the figural pins, Glitzy rhinestone jewelry sets (some made by D & E), and Art Christmas jewelry. Enameled pieces will probably not increase in value as much as the previously mentioned pieces. Prices are steadily increasing, so now is the time to buy.

Here are a few designs from this popular designer:


  1. Sadly I don't have all of my mothers jewelry anymore, but I used to have several rhinestone pieces (what I wouldn't give for those now), and some holiday pins, including a couple of Christmas trees. I do still have a Santa pin that is quite old, as well as one that reminds me of the bells you have pictured.

  2. These are quiet different Art Jewellery..i like the bells that are in red coloue a looks nice..i have some old jewellery of my grandmother..will show you



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