Modernist Sterling Silver Necklace-William Spratling Design

Item Sku: G2228

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Description:

Attributed to starting the modern Mexican silver jewelry design movement, William Spratling left New Orleans to visit Taxco, Mexico in the 1920s.  Even as a second-generation design, Spratling's style is highly collectible and holds a place in jewelry-making history.  The necklace is a modern made piece made by his followers in the legendary silversmithing community in Taxco.
About the artist:
William Spratling (1900-1967) was an architect, artist, author, and instructor in the School of Architecture at Tulane University, New Orleans.  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 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 many talented designers and craftsmen.

Features:

 This necklace was made by a father and son who studied the Spratling designs and collaborated on this wonderful design. One artist hand smithed the modernistic inspired links of the necklace and the other mastered the intertwining figure eight links.

Handmade in the Spratling style, this necklace was made using the original artist's molds to bring his design to the next generation.

The graduating and curvaceous links are finished with signature Spratling bell blossoms.


The rectangular links leading to the catch are made in the modernist style.

The necklace is so well made it is a dream on the neck and has a real luxe feeling for the wearer. 


The necklace is 17.5 inches long. It is finished with a secure box clasp. 


Stamped on the clasp " 950 Mexico".


You will gladly add this masterpiece in silversmithing and design to your jewelry collection.  Like all things well-made and collectible, it will certainly be handed down and worn by the next generation.



Attributed to starting the modern Mexican silver jewelry design movement, William Spratling left New Orleans to visit Taxco, Mexico in the 1920s.  Even as a second-generation design, Spratling's style is highly collectible and holds a place in jewelry-making history.  The necklace is a modern made piece made by his followers in the legendary silversmithing community in Taxco.
About the artist:
William Spratling (1900-1967) was an architect, artist, author, and instructor in the School of Architecture at Tulane University, New Orleans.  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 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 many talented designers and craftsmen.

Features:

 This necklace was made by a father and son who studied the Spratling designs and collaborated on this wonderful design. One artist hand smithed the modernistic inspired links of the necklace and the other mastered the intertwining figure eight links.

Handmade in the Spratling style, this necklace was made using the original artist's molds to bring his design to the next generation.

The graduating and curvaceous links are finished with signature Spratling bell blossoms.


The rectangular links leading to the catch are made in the modernist style.

The necklace is so well made it is a dream on the neck and has a real luxe feeling for the wearer. 


The necklace is 17.5 inches long. It is finished with a secure box clasp. 


Stamped on the clasp " 950 Mexico".


You will gladly add this masterpiece in silversmithing and design to your jewelry collection.  Like all things well-made and collectible, it will certainly be handed down and worn by the next generation.



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