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Ashtray

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Title:
Ashtray
Date: 
1969-1986
Medium: 
Silver
Classification: 
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. ( 6 x 13 cm )
Date End: 
1 986
Description: 
Circular silver ashtray in three pieces; circular body raise to a concave shoulder; raised, domed lid with a circular opening set to one side; lid fitted with a revolving cover, also with a circular opening and an applied feather decoration; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Juan Pliego
Object Number: 
2000.196a-c
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.
Date Begin: 
1969
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group