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William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance: Maestros de Plata

Penny C. Morrill

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ISBN 10: 0810932482 / ISBN 13: 9780810932487
Published by Harry N. Abrams 2002-10-01, 2002
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: William Spratling and the Mexican Silver ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams 2002-10-01

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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William Spratling revolutionized silver jewelry design in Mexico. Arriving in Taxco in 1929, by 1940 he had over 100 silversmiths producing his enormously popular silver creations. Important figures of the North American literary and art establishment, among them John dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Georgia O'Keeffe, purchased his designs and sang his praises. Out of Spratling's workshop emerged many of Mexico's finest silver designers, including Héctor Aguilar, Antonio Castillo and his brothers Jorge and Justo, Salvador Terán, and Antonio Pineda. Today their striking jewelry and hollowware in silver-often set with precious stones and pre-Columbian artifacts-are prized collectibles.

This book tells the story of the legendary designer and of seven decades of the silversmith's art in Mexico. With its elegant photographs and an invaluable appendix of hallmarks, this volume-which accompanies a traveling exhibition that will draw new attention to Spratling's silver designs-will appeal to collectors, dealers, scholars, and everyone who enjoys beautiful jewelry.

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Penny Morrill is an independent curator and authority on Mexican silver. She organized this exhibition for the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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