Margaret De Patta 1903–1964

More than any other jewelry designer of the twentieth century, Margaret De Patta unified the visual theories of early progressive movements with mid-century design sensibilities to create jewelry that, while seemingly minimal, is built upon studied, complex relationships of light, form and space. De Patta was one of the first jewelry designers to elevate nontraditional materials beyond their humble origins—metal elements were layered to create depth, convex and faceted quartz added an entrancing range of optical effects and overall compositions were meticulous, as though they were clear, clean answers to conundrums only De Patta could see. As a student of the New Bauhaus and its populist spirit in the 1940s, De Patta also led the charge on the debate over mass-producing art jewelry, arguing that good design should be accessible.

Auction Results Margaret De Patta

MARGARET DE PATTA, ring | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

ring

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $7,670
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,600
MARGARET DE PATTA, ring, model 1 | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

ring, model 1

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
MARGARET DE PATTA, ring (production ring #1) | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

ring (production ring #1)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
MARGARET DE PATTA, Production Pin no. 6 | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

Production Pin no. 6

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
MARGARET DE PATTA, pin | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

pin

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch (Production Pin no. 39) | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch (Production Pin no. 39)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250
MARGARET DE PATTA, Untitled (photogram) | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

Untitled (photogram)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,625
MARGARET DE PATTA, Untitled | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

Untitled

estimate: $500–700
result: $625
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch

estimate: $5,000–7,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, collection of jewelry studies and photographs | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

collection of jewelry studies and photographs

estimate: $1,500–2,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch, no. 6 and earrings, no. 57 | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch, no. 6 and earrings, no. 57

estimate: $5,000–7,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, pin | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

pin

estimate: $2,000–3,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, Production Pin no. 5 | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

Production Pin no. 5

estimate: $5,000–7,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, ring | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

ring

estimate: $5,000–7,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, A sterling silver, rock crystal and moonstone brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

A sterling silver, rock crystal and moonstone brooch

estimate: $10,000–15,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, A gold, silver, onyx and pearl brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

A gold, silver, onyx and pearl brooch

estimate: $6,000–8,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch

estimate: $5,000–7,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, earrings | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

earrings

estimate: $1,500–2,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch

estimate: $7,000–9,000
MARGARET DE PATTA, brooch (Production pin #5) | wright20.com

Margaret De Patta

brooch (Production pin #5)

estimate: $3,000–5,000