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Creamer

Object Number: 
2000.193c
Date: 
1969-1986
Medium: 
Silver, rosewood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 6 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 10.2 x 16.8 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on the base: "HAND/ WROUGHT/ STERLING"
Description: 
Wrought and seamed silver creamer with a tapered clylindrical body and rounded shoulders; turned rosewood handle; triangular spout.
Gallery Label: 
A Mexican-born silversmith, Juan Pliego settled in New York in 1965 and studied silversmithing with master silversmith William Seitz at the YMCA on Eighth Avenue and Fiftieth Street. Pliego soon became Seitz's assistant and replaced him as instructor in 1974. In 1980, Pliego established his own studio, the J. P. Crafts Studio, on East Twenty-first Street. Many of his objects incorporate precious and semi-precious stones, such as amethyst, opal, chalcedony, sapphire, malachite, lapis lazuli, and jade. Pliego's exquisite boxes also incorporate gold and other metals, resins, and enamel. His influences were far-ranging, from Aztec and Mayan design-a nod to his Central American roots-to Egyptian metalwork, discovered during his travels around the Mediterranean and in Asia. In 2000, Pliego donated nearly all the objects he made during his career to the Historical Society: fifty-three small boxes and forty-three additional objects including bowls, goblets, and a coffee set.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Juan Pliego
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group