Frederick W. Davis was born in 1880 in Chicago, IL. He moved to Mexico in 1910 to work . During his work at the Sonora News Company (selling guidebooks souvenirs along the Southern Pacific Railway) , he took an interest in the beautiful jewelry worn by the Mexican women. Due to his appreciation and knowledge of Pre-Columbian art, he eventually became manager of the Sonora Company's arts and crafts showroom in Mexico City. During the unrest of The Revolution, many artifacts and antiques came on the market. At the end of the revolution (1920), many tourists began to flock to Mexico, and the Davis' shop. Davis was one of the first to showcase artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, William Spratling and Rufino Tamayo.
In 1933, Fred Davis became the head of the department of antiques and fine crafts in Frank Sanborn's Mexico City store.
Davis himself became a designer, employing the very best silversmiths to produce his creative designs of jewelry and objects. His items were meant to be collected, he purposly did not cater to the "souvenir" market. He had a great understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic, and is now 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. Davis passed away in 1961, but his legacy will continue to flourish, as his pieces are prized by collectors.
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