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Fred W. Davis


Fred W. Davis (April 17, 1877 - March 7, 1961) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Mexico in 1910. In the 1920s, Davis had a gallery in the Palacio de Iturbide Hotel. It was a lively center for the exchange of art and ideas, drawing both Mexican and international artists and intellectuals. 


In the late 1920s, Davis produced a line of jewelry based on pre-Columbian sculpture and contemporary folk art. He employed the very best silversmiths to produce his creative designs of jewelry and objects. His items were meant to be collected and he purposely did not cater to the "souvenir" market. Davis had a great understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic and is considered a true visionary in Mexican Arts.  


Like his contemporary William Spratling in Taxco, Davis provided hundreds of artisans with a livelihood and elevated the Mexican Silver art form in the eyes of the world.  


Excerpt from Wikipedia and unframed.lacma.org

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