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    Posted 2 months ago

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    The "Flora Spray" cuff which is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery was given back to my family by the original owner. She came into my store one day and handed me the cuff and said, "give this to a museum". I was surprised to say the least and we put it in the safe. I was unsure what to do.
    In 1999 my family was given the Stonewall Foundation show at the Tucson Museum of Art called," Patania's; A Legacy in Silver and Gold" and the cuff came out of the safe and went on display. After the show ended I was made aware that Kenneth Trapp who was the curator in charge at the Renwick was interested in acquiring pieces of the family's work. I was able to offer this cuff as a representative of a body of my grandfather's work. To reduce his career to one cuff was an interesting process but I was so grateful to have it to give.
    The Renwick has 4 Patania cuffs, two from my dad, Frank Patania Jr, one from my grandfather, Frank Sr., and one from me.

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      spatania, Wow, gorgeous.
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Any more pictures of this to share? Love it.
    3. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      valentino97, I thought that there might be more pictures at the Smithsonian Renwick, but no joy. There is a bit more information about the piece, however:


      Frank Patania, Sr., Floral Spray Bracelet, ca. 1950, burnham turquoise and fabricated sterling silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Patania Family, 2000.100.1

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      Floral Spray Bracelet exemplifies the “Patania Thunderbird” style, which is a synthesis of European and Native American traditions. In materials and geometry, the bracelet shows the influence of Pueblo and Navajo jewelry, as well as the larger scale that Patania adopted after his encounter with southwestern craftsmen. According to his son, metalsmith Frank Patania Jr., the native techniques “got his thinking away from the very fine, precise platinum works Back East into something bolder and more powerful.”


      Floral Spray Bracelet
      Frank Patania, Sr.
      ca. 1950
      Not on view
      4 x 3 x 2 1/2 in. (10.2 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm)


      No more substantially different pictures at the Patania website, either:
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago

      Wow, I want to stare at this all day!
      Such craftsmanship is not seen today....
    5. spatania spatania, 2 months ago
      Unfortunately, I had just stared creating a photographic archive of my family's work when this was in my hands so I didn't photograph it much. I may find more photos on an old hard drive, I'll look and post if I can find any.
      Actually this is Persian turquoise, not Burnham. Recently a family friend visited the Renwick and these pieces are out on display.
    6. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      spatania, That would be great if you have more photographs of this stunning piece. Thank you for showing it.
    7. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      P.S. That's a fascinating tidbit about the turquoise being Persian rather than Burnham. You should tell Smithsonian so that they can correct their records.

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