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Early Modernist "Cubist" Cufflinks with Faceted Rock Crystals at Center (LEO Design)


This week we'll be sharing a selection of Modernist cufflinks, recently added to our on-line collection. Please click here to see our full range of cufflinks—from Victorian to Modernist.

One often thinks of "Modernist" as concurrent with "Mid-Century." But Modernism actually began during the end of the Nineteenth and beginning of the Twentieth Centuries.  Dr. Christopher Dresser was pushing Space-Age boundaries in England during the 1880's.  L'Art Nouveau—"The New Style"—was well underway by the Turn-of-the-Century.  And the Bauhaus School (as well as Art Deco) flourished between the World Wars (1919-1939).

These cufflinks, made in the Twenties, are clearly "Cubist" in form.  Cubism began in the first decade of the Twentieth Century, two decades before these cufflinks were made.  A faceted rock crystal punctuates the centers—completing the "Early Modernist" look.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.

More Modernist cufflinks tomorrow and in the days to come.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248