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Frank Patania Senior (1899-1964) American Master

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spatania's items4 of 13Frank Patania Sr.; American Master of silversmithing (1899 to 1964)Frank Patania; American Master in Silver and Turquoise in the Smithsonian
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    Posted 11 months ago

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    This sterling cuff (private collection) demonstrates many of the assertions I have made about my grandfather such as his use of overlay. His style of overlay (applying one layer of sheet silver with a design cut into it onto a textured lower piece) I just don't see in metal working anywhere else during this early period of his career (1927 to 1950). He developed it into a very sophisticated signature of his work. For the cuff in the photos he used an overlay frame onto which he placed 3 dimensional flowers.
    He also set domes of silver as if they were stones in the sawtooth bezels in these flowers, another signature of his I see no where else to this day. I have sets domes of silver and gold as stones in my work and I can tell you it is a very difficult technique. My grandfather and my dad, Frank Patania Junior, both innovated in their design and craftsmanship which I consider the mark of a true artist. Anyone can copy designs but a true artist creates new technique and develops it over their career.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      Such a proud heritage...
      My Mother would of loved this, she wore nothing but silver.
      I am truly in awe....
    2. racer4four racer4four, 11 months ago
      Again, exemplary design and silversmithing.
      I'm glad you have recently started posting again Spatania, I don't get to see jewellery this good elsewhere.

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