William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance

Book  /  Geographics   Monograph
Published: 22.02.2007
William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.
Penny C. Morrill
Edited by:
Harry N. Abrams
Edited at:
New York
Edited on:
Technical data:
280 pages, hardcover, full colour images, text in English, 31.5 x 24 cm
Out of print

William Spratling revolutionized silver jewellery design in Mexico. Arriving in Taxco in 1929, by 1940 he had over 100 silversmiths producing his enormously popular silver creations.
Important figures of the North American literary and art establishment, among them John dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Georgia O'Keeffe, purchased his designs and sang his praises. Out of Spratling's workshop emerged many of Mexico's finest silver designers, including Hector Aguilar, Antonio Castillo, and his brothers Jorge and Justo, Salvador Teran, and Antonio Pineda. Their sticking jewellery and hollow-ware in silver - often set with precious stones and pre-Columbian artefacts - are prized collectibles