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LOVELY FRANK PATANIA SR. HEMATITE NECKLACE
LOVELY FRANK PATANIA SR. HEMATITE NECKLACE
 
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Artist: Frank Patania Sr.

Circa: 1940's

Provenance: Private collection
Our Price: $785.00

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Product Code: DFPNK
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This unique, sterling silver and Hematite necklace was crafted by Frank Patania Sr. (1889-1964). This lovely necklace shows the European influence of his designs with a beautiful shiney metalic black Hematite stone simply placed on a heavy silver plate. Franks gorgeous handcrafted bead add the fine touch to this simple, yet elegant necklace. Franks work is admired by many collectors across the world.

The center pendant measures 1 3/4" tall by 1 1/8" wide. The beads measure 21" long. Hallmarked with his conjoined FP and sterling mark.

Frank Patania Sr.'s was born in Messina, Italy in 1899, he followed the European tradition of apprenticeship in jewelry making. He was introduced to the work of the Native Americans in the 1920ís. He soon opened his first business called the Thunderbird Shop, located in Santa Fe, NM near the famous downtown plaza in 1927. Moving to Tucson for a second location in the 1930's, he ran both shops for the remainder of his life. Frank taught and employed Native American artist at both locations. Better known artists, such as Julian Lovato of the Santo Domingo pueblo in New Mexico and Arthur and Andy Rivera, along with many others.

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