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Water goblet

Water goblet
Title
Water goblet
Date 
1969-1986
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 15.9 x 8.6 cm )
Description 
Silver water goblet with a deep, circular tapered bowl on a tapered five sided stem, each flaring to a ball end at the pedestal; slightly domed stepped foot; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Credit Line 
Gift of Juan Pliego
Object Number 
2000.166
Marks 
stamped: on the base: "PLIEGO" below a two-faced Mexican Venus between two scrolls, all in an elongated hexagon
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group