William Spratling 1940s Silver and Copper Dome Earrings
Original Art Deco era William Spratling 1940s Silver and Copper Dome Earrings from Taxco, Mexico. Known as the "Silver Gringo" and "Father of Mexican Silver", William Spratling was an American born architect who revolutionized the world of Mexican silver design. On summers he would spend his time studying colonial Mexican architecture and was moved to reinvent the silver industry in Taxco, Mexico during the Deco period.
In Spratling's workshop located in Taxco the aesthetic premise of his designs were based on elimination of colonial influence and a return to pre-Columbian art influence. A movement that Diego Rivera used in art during this period. The work of Spratling and the motifs used in his jewelry are expressions of Mexican nationalism and the core spirit of Mexican artisans.
This early 1940s earring set are dual metals with a copper dome set in silver. Each earring is stamped at the back indicating the time period. The sterling silver stamp on one earring indicates this pair was made from the 1940s to 1944 and the Willam Spratling logo on the other with "Hecho en Mexico". A beautiful future forward set that recalls both classic pre-Columbian glory and a timeless aesthetic. The set has the original rich original patina and maybe cleaned by us on buyers request. Screwback post.
Dimensions : 1.75 x .5 inches
Decade : 1920s
Country of Origin : Taxco, Mexico