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William Spratling (American, 1900–1967)

Object Place: Taxco, Mexico


Height x length: 7.6 x 45.7 cm (3 x 18 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, jadite, coral

On View

Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 335)


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace with chain of gold beads, at the center of which are five tubular ancient jade beads of varying lengths, interspersed with coral.


18K / WS


2005, estate of a private collector, San Diego, CA; 2005, sold at an estate auction through Long Beach Auctions, Long Beach, CA to Jim Tracy and Jim Black, New York; 2016 sold by Jim Tracy and Jim Black to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds from the Frank B. Bemis Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Karsh Center at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Stephen H. Borkowski, Leigh Braude-Borowski and Marek Borowski, Jo-Ann Edinburg Pinkowitz and Richard Pinkowitz, Karen and Michael Rotenberg, and gifts in honor of the marriage of Leigh Braude-Borowski and Marek Borowski donated by Lee and Allen Sinai, Shelly and Bruce K. Eckman, Joy and Douglas Kant, Lorraine Bressler, Joyce and Carl P. Sherr, Elliot Davis and John Paolella, Olga Vanegas and Dennis A. Carr, and all of the Art of the Americas curators