William Spratling Mexican silver “Tuliman” Necklace

on Aug 27, 2020 in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces

One of my favorite Spratling designs, I feel that the “Tuliman” necklace differs from most of his other designs in that it is based on a piece of folk art rather than inspired by ancient artifacts and motifs. He purportedly noticed the bird while sketching a ceramic pot for his friend’s Elizabeth Morrow’s book “Casa Manana”. There is something primordial, even “naive” about it (if I am allowed the use of the term here). I love the fact that the birds are almost mono-dimensional despite the fact that their bodies have been pushed outward from the open back; I like the puzzled look in their eyes, their stance as if ready to peck at something on the ground. And then there is the music of the cascabeles…


Size / Weight: 20  1/2″ long; birds station is 6  5/8″ long by 1  1/2″ wide (the height of the bird’s body); 37.2 grams

Hallmarks / Date: signed with a combination of hallmarks used in the 1940-44 period as shown

Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful patina, with no damage nor any repairs noted



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