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Frank Patania Sr.; American Master of silversmithing (1899 to 1964)

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Elisabethan's loves812 of 5606Reversible Cuff BraceletLoetz PN II-72 Vase with PG 6893 Décor & Silver Overlay ca 1898
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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Frank Patania Sr. (1899-1964) Born Messina Italy. After coming to Santa Fe NM in 1924 to recover from tuberculosis Frank opened his first store on the Plaza diagonally across from the famous LaFonda hotel. He brought with him a gold and platinum smith sensibility and training which he applied to silver and turquoise.
    The many Native American craftsmen who he employed learned these designs from him and went on to become recognized artists in their own right. Frank's popular designs were hard to improve on and most of them never really got away from them. His influence is easy to see in their work.
    This silver cuff and necklace demonstrates his cross over to silver from gold and platinum designing which was not being done prior to his arrival in Santa Fe. His organic leaf designs were often copied by Native craftsmen. (Floral Spray cuff in the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery)

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    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
      stunning!!! Merry Christmas!!
    3. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 1 year ago
      Wow, love that necklace!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Extraordinary piece of jewellery. Clearly he was a master designer and silversmith.
      I am sure you are proud and it is justified. I am happy that these museum quality pieces are with the family.
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      I’m with Karen, this is incredible.
      That necklace is total perfection!
    6. spatania spatania, 1 year ago
      Thank you all so much.

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