Designer William Spratling Inspired Taxco Sterling Silver Necklace

Item Sku: G2193

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William Spratling (1900-1967) was an architect, artist, author and instructor in the School of Architecture at Tulane University, New Orleans. The necklace is a modern made piece made by his followers in the legendary silversmithing community in Taxco, Mexico. His designs are very collectable and sought after. In 1929 he decided to stay in Mexico and purchased a house in the silver mining town of Taxco where he opened a small silver workshop to produce items of his own design. Spratling based his designs on Pre-Columbian Mexican art objects and jewelry unearthed in archaeological excavations obtaining great commercial success. By the 1940s he was employing 300 artisans to produce silver jewelry, flatware and hollowware, frequently working with locally found materials. He began to decorate his production with azur-malachite, tortoiseshell, rosewood and ebony using a technique that required great cutting skill to render them flush with the object's surface. Spratling's success in Taxco helped revive interest in Mesoamerican design motifs and launched in Mexico an industry that attracted a number of talented designer and craftsmen. This intricate sterling silver necklace features graduated, scalloped stations with beading and would be a valued addition to any sterling jewelry collection. It is finished with a secure box claps and is stamped " JLF Taxco .925 Mexico".

William Spratling (1900-1967) was an architect, artist, author and instructor in the School of Architecture at Tulane University, New Orleans. The necklace is a modern made piece made by his followers in the legendary silversmithing community in Taxco, Mexico. His designs are very collectable and sought after. In 1929 he decided to stay in Mexico and purchased a house in the silver mining town of Taxco where he opened a small silver workshop to produce items of his own design. Spratling based his designs on Pre-Columbian Mexican art objects and jewelry unearthed in archaeological excavations obtaining great commercial success. By the 1940s he was employing 300 artisans to produce silver jewelry, flatware and hollowware, frequently working with locally found materials. He began to decorate his production with azur-malachite, tortoiseshell, rosewood and ebony using a technique that required great cutting skill to render them flush with the object's surface. Spratling's success in Taxco helped revive interest in Mesoamerican design motifs and launched in Mexico an industry that attracted a number of talented designer and craftsmen. This intricate sterling silver necklace features graduated, scalloped stations with beading and would be a valued addition to any sterling jewelry collection. It is finished with a secure box claps and is stamped " JLF Taxco .925 Mexico".

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