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William Spratling Amethyst Sterling Silver Aztec Sun Cuff Bracelet
William Spratling Sterling Silver Aztec Sun Cuff with Amethyst A superb piece by Taxco master William Spratling, this cuff bracelet is truly a work of art. It is solidly constructed with high relief of oxidized sterling silver with 13 bezel set amethyst cabochons. "Aztec Sun Cuff" is heavy and fits a medium - large wrist. Due to the heavy gauge silver and construction, this piece is not adjustable. This cuff bracelet is featured in the book, Silver Masters of Mexico by Penny Morrill, pg. 123. Hallmarks were researched in the book, Spratling Silver: A Field Guide Recognizing a William Spratling Treasure by Phyllis M. Goddard. Dimensions: 2.88" at the widest point 2.75" x 2" interior measurement Weight: 5.58 oz/159 grams Complimentary gift box and FREE shipping included. About the designer: William Spratling (1900-1967) was born in Sonyea, New York. In 1917 William Spratling attended Auburn University and served as an instructor in architecture. Spratling moved to New Orleans in 1921 where he was an Associate Professor of Architecture at Tulane University. During the next nine years, Spratling published articles in Scribner’s Magazine, Journal of the A.I.A., Architecture Record, and many other architecture and travel publications. He became a part of the New Orleans literary colony and his frequent companions were Natalie Scott, Sherwood Anderson, Oliver La Farge, Frans Blom, John Dos Passos, and William Faulkner. Faulkner lived with Spratling, and together they wrote/ published Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles in 1926. 1926 was when Spratling visited Mexico for the first time. In 1929 he moved to Mexico. Spratling was introduced to and became a participant in the artistic circles of Mexico. His activities in promoting the art of Diego Rivera among New York galleries led to his participation in the first exhibition of Mexican arts held in the United States. The exhibit was funded by the Carnegie Institute and opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dwight Morrow, the US Ambassador to Mexico, suggested to Spratling in 1931 that Taxco had been the site of silver mines for centuries, but Taxco had never been considered a location where jewelry and objects of silver were designed and made. Subsequently, Spratling hired an experienced goldsmith from Iguala who moved to Taxco and created silver jewelry of Spratling’s design. Other craftsmen joined Spratling's shop and produced tin ware, copper items, textiles and furniture - all designed by Spratling. These earliest designs were based on pre-Columbian motifs as well as simple themes utilizing rope borders, strap designs and other such basic ideas. Spratling has been called by many "a Renaissance Man." Throughout Mexico he is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." William Spratling was killed on August 7, 1967 in an automobile accident just outside Taxco.
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- Place of OriginMexico
- Date of Manufacture1940-44
- Condition DetailsDue to the heavy gauge silver and placement of Bezels, this piece is NOT adjustable.
- WearMinor losses.
- DimensionsW 2.88 in. x D 2.75 in.W 73.16 mm x D 69.85 mm
- Length2.75 in. (69.85 mm)
- Weight159 g
- Seller LocationSan Francisco, CA
- Reference NumberLU4041427173
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