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Ref., American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Frank Dishta (Frankie Dishta, Dishta, Dishde) (Zuni, active ca. 1925-54: silver ingot, set stone, channel inlay jewelry)
LIFESPAN: ca. 1902 – 1954;
RESIDENCE: Zuni Pueblo, NM
FAMILY: husband of Pauline Dishta; father of Virgil Dishta, Sr., Vincent Dishta, Sr., Bruce Dishta; p. grandfather of Virgil Dishta, Jr., Vincent Dishta, Jr.
ASSOCIATIONS: friend of Okweene Neese, Horace Iule
COLLECTIONS: C.G. Wallace; Heard Museum, Phoenix; Robert Bauver, Dr. Gregory & Angie Yan Schaaf, Santa Fe
FORMS: Bracelets, Buckles, Belts, Cross Necklaces with Najas, Ranger Sets, Earrings. MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Lone Mountain Turquoise
GALLERIES: Shush Yaz, Santa Fe & Gallup
PUBLICATIONS: U.S. Census, 1926, 1930, Zuni Pueblo, McKinley County, NM; roll 1396, p. 3B, Enumeration District 31; Adair 1944: 143, 198; Slaney 1998:39; Baxter 2001: 115-16
VALUES: On Nov. 14, 1975, Silver & Turquoise inlaid cross necklace with Naja, 1932, 24.5”, sold for 3500.00 at Sotheby’s #19. On Nov. 14 1975, Channel Inlay buckle, Sold for $375 at Sotheby’s, item #274. On Nov. 14, 1975, Channel Inlay Flower-head pin (1” Dia.), 1930, sold for$ 225 at Sotheby’s, item #282. On Nov. 14 1975, turquoise channel inlay squash blossom necklace, 12 blossoms, naja, matching earrings, ca. 1937, sold for $3300 at Sotheby’s, item #361.
Frank Dishta, generally cited as Dishta, is known for his channel inlay, ground flush and often composed of tiny circles, teardrops or diamond-shapes. He is one of the early Zuni jewelers who began working for Zuni trader C.G. Wallace around 1939. There Dishta met and fell in love with Pauline, a Navajo woman jeweler who became his wife. They raised at least one son Virgil.
A Rare and Wonderful Addition to anyone’s Collection…
Inventory #: STT477ZUN40
Earring Size: - L. 2 5/8" x W. 1 1/16"
Artist/Hallmark: Frank Dishta
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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