Erna Zarges-Dürr (1907-2002) was a German silversmith. She was professionally active Pforzheim, Leipzig, Berlin. and Stuttgart.
Between 1924-27, she trained at Bruckmann und Söhne, Heilbronn, as the first women in the silversmiths’ department. From 1927, she studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Pforzheim, under Theodor Wende and others.
Between 1931-33, she worked in the workshops of Ernst Treusch, Leipzig, and of H.Wilm, Berlin. In 1933 she set up her own work-shop in Heilbronn. Between 1936-39, she relocated to Stuttgart. Her work showed carefully worked out proportions with original, Modern ornamentation.
She received numerous awards, including a gold medal for her 1932 silver wine jug shown at the 1937 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne’. Her work was shown at international exhibitions.
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