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A magnificent Navajo silver and spiny oyster

shell ring by McKee Platero, 2015

Ex: Martha H. Struever, Santa Fe, NM

This is flat-out one of the finest pieces that you will ever see from the world’s greatest living Navajo silversmith, the incomparable McKee Platero (b.1957). It is outstanding in every way from its overall design conception to the tiniest technical details of its craftsmanship and construction, and, most uniquely, as you can see in the photos, the back of the ring which is completely covered with McKee’s wildly-creative hand-engraved “doodles” is every single bit as interesting and beautiful as the front is. This is a full-on trophy masterpiece, a highest-quality, defining “signature”-type piece from one of the greatest Native artists ever.

The ring features a large, oval-shaped cabochon piece of lovely orange and red spiny oyster shell, or “Spondylus” as it is more formally referred to, used historically in jewelry for the past 7,000 years or so, which has been beautifully set in a gorgeously-sculpted, scalloped silver bezel which is further accentuated by a perfectly-crafted, thick, hand-twisted silver wire surround. The bezel platform is mounted atop an ornately-curved tufa-cast silver shank. The underside of the silver bezel platform is exuberantly decorated with an assortment of wonderful, tiny drawings of mountains, snakes, flowers, insects and stars. McKee Platero’s full script signature and his three-dot (or three-star, in this case) insignia are beautifully incorporated into this decorative panel. We have been buying and selling McKee Platero’s work for over 30 years now and we have never seen him do anything quite like this on a piece of jewelry. It is a completely unique and fantastic artistic expression in our extensive experience.

The ring measures size 10 on a professional, graduated ring sizer and it weighs a very substantial 46 grams or 1.62 ounces. The ring’s face is just shy of 2” in length and it is 1 3/8” in width at its widest point. The ring was purchased directly from McKee Platero in early 2015 by the renowned late Santa Fe Native American arts dealer, Martha H. Struever, and purchased in turn from her by us soon thereafter. It is in “as-new” original condition and it is properly and fully signed “McKee Platero”, dated “2015” and marked with Platero’s three-star insignia on the underside.

This ring is a “statement” piece of the highest order and what an extraordinary statement about the nature

of art and the appreciation and display of art that the next fortunate owner will be able to make with it.

Price available upon request