Frank Patania Thunderbird Studio Concho Belt

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Frank Patania, Jr. (b.1932)
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Anglo-Euro (non-Native) American
  • Medium: Sterling Silver; Leather
  • Size:
    Belt: 32”-37”;
    Conchas: 3-⅛” x 2-½”;
    Buckle: 3” x 3-⅞”
  • Item # C4074X
  • Price: $5,000.00

In 1927 Frank Patania, Sr. came to New Mexico to recover from tuberculosis. He ended up staying his entire life. Trained as a gold and silversmith in New York, Patania opened the Thunderbird Studio where he blended modern European jewelry styles with traditional Native American design. A completely distinctive look resulted from this combination, a modern hybrid that is as fashionable today as it was 40 years ago.  Because of its reputation for the finest quality and workmanship, wearable art from the Thunderbird Studio was collected by many famous New Mexico residents, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Patania taught the craft to his son, Frank Patania Jr., whose work is distinguished by a unique Southwestern flair.

Frank Patania, Jr. (b.1932) signature hallmarkThis spectacular belt, fashioned by Frank Jr., features nine oval conchas, each with a single line of twisted wire surrounding an unadorned center that is polished to a smooth finish. The buckle has a similar center that is framed by a set of repoussé motifs. The elegant  design is one of classic simplicity and beauty. The belt is signed with the Frank Patania Jr. hallmark with thunderbird.


Condition: The Frank Patania Thunderbird Studio Concho Belt is in very good condition showing minor signs of wear.

Provenance: The belt comes from a collector in Colorado

Recommended Reading: Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry by Diana Pardue

 


Frank Patania, Jr. (b.1932)
  • Category: Belts and Buckles
  • Origin: Anglo-Euro (non-Native) American
  • Medium: Sterling Silver; Leather
  • Size:
    Belt: 32”-37”;
    Conchas: 3-⅛” x 2-½”;
    Buckle: 3” x 3-⅞”
  • Item # C4074X
  • Price: $5,000.00

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