Pair of goblets

Pair of goblets
Title
Pair of goblets
Date 
1969-1986
Medium 
Silver
Description 
Pair of silver goblets with bulbous circular bodies tapered and flared to everted lips; bodies seated on a circular, tapered pedestals with applied ring bands where they were applied to the circular, slightly domed feet; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
Credit Line 
Gift of Juan Pliego
Object Number 
2000.202ab
Marks 
stamped: on the bases: "PLIEGO" below a two-faced Mexican Venus between two scrolls, all in an elongated hexagon above"STERLING"
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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group