Dan Simplicio worked for Zuni trader CG Wallace from around 1920-30, where he learned jewelrymaking from his famous uncle, Juan Dedios. He collaborated with a number of the early, most widely recognized masters of Zuni art, including Leekya Deyuse, Teddie Weahkee, Leo Poblano, Bernard Homer, and Lee Edaakie.
Dan is one artist who brought innovative ideas from his European tour in World War Two. The leaf.Dan’s leaf work lives on in the many generations of his family that replicate his work. But Dan’s are notable, curving one way while others curve opposite. Respect.
Dan Simplicio’s jewelry has an individual look, as shown in the photos. No hallmark but highly attributable. ca.1950s, gents size. Collector Alert!
This watchbracelet has a history, features fresh BISBEE turquoise and one replaced (missing) leaf.