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Designed by the renowned William Spratling, a hand crafted sterling silver brooch set with rosewood wings. American born William Spratling (1900-1967), was one of the most influential designers and artists of the 20th Century Mexican silver genre and was called âThe Father of Mexican Silverâ. Spratling was described as “An ardent American, who had a great love for the Mexican people
His inspirations for his creations came from his love of Pre-Columbian aesthetics.. His celebrated style and quality and artistry of craftsmanship make his designs as popular today as they were when they were made.
The primary mark on this piece is known as the WS Script Square and this is the last Spratling primary mark and was in use from circa 1964 until Spratling’s death in 1967. This piece and all Spratling designs, that have been produced since 1979 under the auspices of the Sucesores de William Spratling are marked with the current Mexican registry mark TS-24 along with a replica of an older Spratling hallmark. (see images)
SteelGoatStudio offers a wide and fascinating range of wonderful objets dart, primitive folk art and iconic cultural pieces, many of which I have collected in my travels to many countries. I have always been drawn to hand-crafted and indigenous pieces which illustrate the arts, philosophies and icons of the many cultures and art movements I have been fortunate enough to explore. My listings here on Artizan Made links to my shop on Etsy. If this item has sold, you will hopefully find similar pieces that capture your attention.
Almost at the beginning of my traveling life as a museum professional, I became captivated with the shrines found in so many cultures. I began studying the reasons and objects that people incorporate into the receptacles of sacred relics and remembrances and the methods they use when making them. I really love and admire the idea of creating honorable or sacred places within a container where homage is paid to someone or something of significance.
Many years of creating artistic shrines have commenced. Along with the artifacts I have collected, I use a multitude of found receptacles including wine crates, cigar boxes, orange crates, and even cardboard boxes as the vessels for these assemblages. I strive to achieve depth and texture by using a variety of techniques and materials: as wide ranging as historical stencils, rusty found objects, old book pages, vintage and period wallpaper, and whimsical recycled pieces, all composed in a robust palette with a contemporary slant.
I also offer pieces in their original form in the shop, alongside the pieces I personally create. After years of enjoying many of the artifacts, I have included them in this shop to share with those of you who also appreciate fine hand-crafted, culturally rich pieces.