Vintage William Spratling Jewelry

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2015-06-26 10:34:33

Vintage William Spratling Jewelry is jewellery produced by the American born artist, silversmith and jewelry designer of the same name.

History & Description

William Spratling was one of the biggest influences of Mexican silver design in the twentieth century.

Although born in the United States, Spratling spent most of his working career in the small Mexican town of Taxco, south west of Mexico City, where he quickly integrated himself into the Mexican art scene.

Spratling’s jewelry is characterised by Mesoamerican motifs and it is said that his work gave Mexican artisans the freedom not be constrained to replicating European motifs and forms. Due to his unfaltering devotion to the silver design industry in Mexico, Spratling is often referred to as the “Father of Mexican Silver”.

Guide for collectors

Although more known for tea and coffee service sets, during his career Spratling produced a range of jewelry, including pendants, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

Vintage William Spratling jewelry is frequently sold through national auction houses. However, international auctioneers, such as Christie's and Sotheby's, tend to focus on Spratling's silver dinnerware and tea and coffee sets and rarely offer Spratling jewelry.

Notable auction sales

On December 6th 2007 at Kodner Galleries, Inc. in Dania Beach, Florida, a very rare 18K gold and jade ring, made by William Spratling, circa 1951-56, realised a price of $2,600.

On December 9th 2006 at Skinner in Massachusetts, a silver pendant formed of two hands, made by William Spratling, circa 1956-62, realised a price of $2,100.

On November 10th 2007 at Fantasticantiques Inc. in Temecula, California, a silver sterling bracelet, made by William Spratling, realised a price of $1,400.

On November 16th 2004 at Doyle New York, an early silver portrait brooch, made by William Spratling, circa 1933-39, realised a price of $550.

On June 17th 1992 at Christie’s in New York, an amethyst set Mexican silver bracelet, made by William Spratling, circa 1924-44, realised a price of $418.

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