Ben Rouzie was an American self taught sculptor who specialized in woodworking. After serving in the Air Force in WWII, he worked as a reporter and later as a city planner, all the while studying art in his free time. It was only after he retired in the 1970's that he devoted himself full-time to scultpture.
We are pleased to present an exquisite collection of vintage Navajo and Zuni bracelets, recently acquired from the estate of a renowned Santa Fe collector. All of the pieces date from the first half of the 20th century and display a variety of styles and techniques. Please contact the gallery for inquiries or to purchase.
These pieces come from a private Colorado collection spanning the historic narrative of collectible souvenirs from the Tesuque Pueblo to notable modern works by Cheyenne wood turning artist Nathan Hart, and famed Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai.
We are pleased to offer diverse works from a private Santa Fe, NM, collector. The collector used her artist's eye to curate an extensive selection of Native American art incorporating both historical and ethnographic pieces as well as works by important modern and contemporary artists. The collected formed over the past thirty plus years reflects a deep passion for the cultures and artistic traditions of the tribal peoples of the American Southwest.
This collection was offered exclusively to Shiprock Santa Fe by from a private Beverly Hills, CA, collection. We are honored to offer some of the finest works we have come across in many years by a true Santa Fe icon.
Frank Patania Sr. (1899-1964) was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States at an early age. He began working as a jeweler at age 6, first apprenticing in Italy, and later with a goldsmith in New York. He moved out to the West after contracting tuberculosis and settled in Santa Fe.
Frank had always worked in gold, but was profoundly inspired by Native American jewelry. In 1927, he opened the Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe, and employed local Native American silversmiths.
"After my first sight of the West, I never wanted to return east again. And when I saw what the Indians were doing with silver and turquoise I knew I had found the medium in which I wanted to design." These materials were new to him, but he quickly became one of the most innovative and skilled jewelers of his time. His style grew more refined and his fame grew, attracting important patrons such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Mable Dodge Lujan. Several of his assistants became renowned silversmiths in their own right, most notably his son Frank Jr. and Santo Domingo jeweler Julian Lovato.