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Matched Pair of Wall Conchos by Kenneth Begay & Allen Kee 1950's

Kenneth Begay

About The Matched Pair of Wall Conchos by Kenneth Begay & Allen Kee 1950's

These two impressive works of traditional art are made of sterling silver (specially made), heavy gauge sheet, mild steel for the wall straps and hand cut natural turquoise.

Concho construction involved cutting from Kenneth Begay's design pattern.  All repousse was done free hand, using several cottonwood stumps with forming depressions.  

The areas to be stamped and chased were also transferred to the silver surface as guides to help with a high level of uniformity (as a total of 10 were to be made for the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale).  Decoration with hand-cut steel stamps was done first.  Repousse of the varied embossed forms was next accomplished.  Steel straps were secured to the back and the special hand serrated bezel was soldered to the central dome.

The turquoise is a natural seam of intense deep rock of blue green hues.  It is cut to a calibrated oval shape and set flush with triangles of the bezel serrations turned inward over the stone to secure.  The effect is a beautiful, even sunburst framing of each stone!

Savvy Price $20,000.00

Gallery Price $24,000.00

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Description

These two impressive works of traditional art are made of sterling silver (specially made), heavy gauge sheet, mild steel for the wall straps and hand cut natural turquoise.

Concho construction involved cutting from Kenneth Begay's design pattern.  All repousse was done free hand, using several cottonwood stumps with forming depressions.  

The areas to be stamped and chased were also transferred to the silver surface as guides to help with a high level of uniformity (as a total of 10 were to be made for the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale).  Decoration with hand-cut steel stamps was done first.  Repousse of the varied embossed forms was next accomplished.  Steel straps were secured to the back and the special hand serrated bezel was soldered to the central dome.

The turquoise is a natural seam of intense deep rock of blue green hues.  It is cut to a calibrated oval shape and set flush with triangles of the bezel serrations turned inward over the stone to secure.  The effect is a beautiful, even sunburst framing of each stone!

About the Artist

(1913-1977) Silversmith, jeweler and teacher, Kenneth Begay has been called the “father of modern Navajo jewelry”. In the early years his bold, modern designs were considered so radical that he was excluded from a 1949 exhibition of Native American art. Today his clean, elegant creations are seen in numerous museum collections including The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the American Museum of Natural History, as well as the Heard Museum.

Begay spent his most productive years (1948-1962) as a smith at the White Hogan in Scottsdale.  His son, Harvey Begay became another highly regarded jeweler and silversmith.

Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise
Size Each concho is 24" height X 18 1/2" width with center stones measuring 4" height X 2 1/2" width.
Signed Marks are stamped "KB", "AK", the White Hogan's Hogan, HAND MADE & STERLING.
Date of creation 1950's
Condition One of the concho stones has been repaired with matrix.
Turquoise Natural turquoise
Description Kenneth Begay (1913-1977) Navajo (Dineh) and Allen Kee (1916-1972)
Provenance JB
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