Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today I’m pleased to offer you this BEAUTIFUL handmade Zuni - Dan Simplicio, Sterling Silver and Turquoise Channel Inlay Watch Band. C. 1950-60s
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Ref., American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Dan Simplicio (Zuni, active ca. 1930s-69: traditional set stone, mosaic, channel inlay, silver leaf jewelry) LIFESPAN: 1917 - 1969 RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, NM FAMILY: son of Simplico (b. 1884) & Lytisilutza Simplicio (b. 1884); nephew of Juan Dideos; brother of Jesse Simplicio (b. 1912), Chauncey Simplicio (b. 1926), Rodney Simplicio (b. 1929), Kirk Simplicio; father of Mike Simplicio; uncle of Juan Calavaza SERVICE: World War II veteran, wounded in action, Europe TEACHER: Juan Dideos, his uncle STUDENTS: Kirk Simplicio, Chauncey Simplico, Mike Simplicio EXHIBITIONS: 2006, “Art of the Zuni,” Kennedy Museum, Ohio University, Akron, OH COLLECTIONS: bolo, #KMA 89.016.945, Kennedy Museum, Ohio University, Akron, OH PUBLICATIONS: Adair 1944:199; Ulian H. Steward, Indians In The War, Chicago, IL: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, November 1945. For a larger profile, see Schaaf 2003:290.
“Dan Simplicio learned jewelry making from his uncle, Juan Dedios. He, in turn, passed his knowledge on to younger Zuni artists, including his son Mike Simplicio and his nephew Juan Calavaza. One of the most innovative and wide-ranging Zuni artists, Simplicio was the first to develop styles and materials usage that have since become commonplace. He collaborated with a number of the most widely recognized masters of Zuni art, including Leekya Deyuse, Teddie Weahkee, Leo Poblano, Bernard Homer, and Lee Edaakie. “Early in his career, Simplicio worked at C. G. Wallace's Zuni trading post, grinding and setting stones. Wallace collected his work; and, when his collection was auctioned at Sotheby's in 1975, it included more than 50 pieces by Simplicio. In 1931, Dan Simplicio first set red coral and turquoise in handmade set bezels. This style remained popular to the present day. “Simplicio was the first to use branch coral in its natural form and the first to set rough-cut coral nuggets on rings. He originated the nugget style around 1948, in an attempt to make cheaper commercial imitation of Zuni jewelry more difficult, and he introduced extensive use of leafwork in Zuni jewelry. While Simplicio learned to carve leaves from Juan Dedios. His son, Dan Simplicio, Jr., credited his father's World War II army service in Europe with the development of this innovation. Stationed in France, Germany and Italy, he observed the use of leafwork in classical and modern Western European sculpture. The present generation of Simplicio family jewelers have carried on the use of the distinctively curved leaves that Dan originated. However, their leaves curve in the opposite direction from his, making it easy to distinguish their work. “Simplicio's jewelry has a highly individual look, resulting from its distinctive use of deep red branch coral with intense blue turquoise. Silver leafwork and stamped drops add texture and detail, creating a delicate counterpoint to the heavier turquoise and branch coral.” (Kennedy Museum)
Inventory #: STT262ZUN137
Size: L. 6 1/8" x W. 1 1/8"
Weight: 69.9g or 2.46oz
Artist/Hallmark: Dan Simplicio Sr.
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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