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Floral Spray Bracelet

ca. 1950 Frank Patania, Sr. Born: Messina, Sicily, Italy 1899 Died: Tuscon, Arizona 1964 burnham turquoise and fabricated sterling silver 4 x 3 x 2 1/2 in. (10.2 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Patania Family 2000.100.1 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“It’s a very organic flower motif that blends a real Mediterranean feel for the materials . . . a pinnacle of what my grandfather produced.” Samuel Frank Patania, Arizona Daily Star, October 25, 2000

Luce Center Label

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.”

Keywords

Object - flower

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

About Frank Patania, Sr.

Born: Messina, Sicily, Italy 1899 Died: Tuscon, Arizona 1964