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Important Best Early Zuni attr. Dan Simplicio Bolo Carved Natural Turquoise For Sale
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Important Best Early Zuni attr. Dan Simplicio Bolo Carved Natural Turquoise:
WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT IT: ...an early masterpiece in the form of a bolo with hand made silver work that includes Dan Simplicio\'s leaves and hand carved luminous natural turquoise as well as deeply carved frame, stamp work and stamped drops. The wonderful waxy looking turquoise has an organic appearance and isn\'t carved into a definite shape but to me it looks frog-like. This is a small bolo which was usual for the very early bolos that were made in early times of the pre-Bennett closures, with hand made silver runners for the leather ties. It is all hand made silver including the unique hand made tips.
While it is true, Dan\'s son did some similar work, the age of this suggests to me that it is Dan Simplicio\'s work and probably dates to as early as the 1930\'s to 1940\'s, as there are organic pieces by him in the C. G. Wallace catalog dating to the 1930s. This piece is one of my favorites; it\'s spectacular. It\'s heavenly.
BACKGROUND: Dan Simplicio\'s work is in the C.G.Wallace catalog, and every important collection, gallery and museum. Dan Simplicio was one of C. G. Wallace\'s favorite smiths. He was versatile and prolific. His work was prominently featured in the 1975 Sotheby\'s sale of the C. G. Wallace collection. Truly a great master, his work commands top prices. Work of his is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum in Phoenix and other museums. Dan Simplicio is credited for having been the first to use natural nuggets in his work. He was vastly talented and worked in many techniques and styles over the years; he was brilliantly creative and experimented with many styles and forms. He is one of the most important Zuni artists from the CG Wallace period and his naturalistic free form style of work has become one hallmark of that era. This piece is prototypical of his very best work and is a unique and exquisite example.
CONDITION: overall excellent wearable, vintage, collectible. But the turquoise has some small hairlines and a small amount of matrix loss. This is a gorgeous and unique early example by one of Zuni\'s historically great silversmiths
• tie, end to end with tips 40\"
• tips height 2-1/2\"
• unsigned which is usual for those times but it is attributed to Dan Simplicio, Zuni
• the metal is unmarked which is usual for that period, but it\'s at least coin silver at .900 or sterling at .925
SUMMARY: this is a fabulous early piece attributed to the great master silversmith, Dan Simplicio. It\'s sculptural in that it looks fabulous and very different from every angle. The organic and naturalistic style of this piece is very important as representative of his contribution to an entire era. This is simply exquisite and represents perfection of aesthetic beauty. It is perfect for the start or the end of any collection. The movement, the color play, every element is perfection. And it is entirely unique; his creativity was boundless and he never made another anything like this unique work of art.
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