Clarence Lee's Navajo Truck

Navajo Shepherdess Clarence Lee typically uses a great deal of whimsy in his work, often taking his ideas from what he has seen on the Reservation. Some of his characters include cowboys, Navajos, roosters, horses, goats, sheep, weavers, trucks (especially trucks), families, canyons, etc. (See silver pin, above right, depicting a Navajo Shepherdess.) His approach is close to that of a pictorial rug weaver, except Clarence works in sterling silver.

As a youngster, he grew up on his father's trading post at Twin Lakes. He credits older Navajo jewelers for teaching him the craft, and then he went on to develop his own unique style and expertise. Now living in Gallup, Clarence is now in partnership with his son, Russell. Clarence has won ribbons at most of the better Indian exhibits, including the Gallup Ceremonial, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. We feel privileged to have his work on our site.

We are sad to report that Clarence Lee passed away during the winter of 2010-2011. He will be remembered as a great Navajo artist and humorist. Collectors will now cherish his work more than ever. We are going to leave this site up for a while, in honor of Clarence; so collectors may see and admire his work. We still have a few pieces of his joint work with Russell, for those interested collectors.


To order, call 1-800-401-1192, or 1-520-529-5545 if you are out of the United States, or go to our
Order Page

For an enlarged view of any picture, simply click on it.
- All sizes are approximate.

Item# J43-Clarence Lee, Navajo

A very satisfied billy goat! Sterling silver with turquoise. Pin measures 2" in width.
Price: $165.


 

 

 

 

Item# J44-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Coyote howling at the moon. Sterling silver with turquoise. Pin measures 2" in height.
Price: $165.


 

 

 

 

 

Item# J45-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Navajo shepherdess. This two-dimensional pendant comes alive with the brass monuments in the background. Sterling silver. Pendant measures 1 1/2" wide by 2" in high.
Price: $350.


 

 

 

 

Item# J268-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeNavajo weaver. In the "old days," Navajo weavers wove their rugs outside, because there was no room in their hogan. Since they worked mostly in the summer, they would pick a shady spot, like under this cottonwood tree. Brass monument are in the background. Pendant measures 1 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" in high.
Price: $350.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item# J76-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeApache Gan dancer. The Gan Dancers were the supernatural emissaries of the Apache's version of the Supreme Being. Sterling silver. Pendant measures 1 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" in high.
Price: $350.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item# J46-Clarence Lee, Navajo

A Navajo home scene in sterling. Shown are a Navajo man chopping wood, a hogan, a Navajo woman cooking in her summer shelter, and a Navajo shepherdess. Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 1 1/4" wide.
Price: $550.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $50.


 

 

Item# J49-Clarence Lee, Navajo

One dog is chasing and one dog is leading this pickup truck around this polished piece of silver. There is another dog and a water barrel in the back of the truck. This design is Clarence Lee's "trademark." Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 7/8" wide.
Price: $250.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $35.


 

 

Item# J51-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Navajo home scene. Hogan, left; summer house with Navajo woman cooking, right. Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 7/8" wide.
Price: $250.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $35.


 

 

 

Item# J79-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Storyteller bracelet, LeeNavajo storyteller. Hogan, left; summer house with Navajo grandmother, seated, telling stories to her three grandchildren, right. Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 7/8" wide.
Price: $250.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $35.


 

 

Item# J47-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Navajo shepherdess. Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 7/8" wide. (Small and medium sizes available.)
Price: $250.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $35.


 

 

 

Item# J50-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Navajo ponies. Sterling silver. Bracelet measures 7/8" wide.
Price: $250.
For wrist circumference 7 1/2" and over, add $35.


 

 

 

Item# J52-Clarence Lee, Navajo

{short description of image}Truck pin. Sterling silver. Navajo family on their way to town. Pin measures 3 1/2" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

Item# J269-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence Lee Weaver pinNavajo weaver pin. Sterling silver. Typical Navajo vertical loom, in the "old days." Pin measures 2 1/4" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

 

Item# J53-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Running horses pin. Sterling silver. Pin measures 3 1/2" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

Item# J54-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Navajo shepherdess pin. Sterling silver. Pin measures 21/2" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

 

Item# J71-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence Lee"Going to town" pin. Mom, pop, grandma and the baby coming home, with the water barrel. Sterling silver. Pin measures 3" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

Item# J73-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeNavajo "rough rider" on an Army pony pin. Sterling silver. Pin measures 3" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

Item# J75-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeNavajo couple on their pony pin. Sterling silver. Pin measures 2 3/4" wide.
Price: $215.


 

 

 

 

Item# J74-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeContemporary Appaloosa horse, the Native American horse. Cast sterling silver, with turquoise.. Pin measures 3" wide.
Price: $215.


 

 

 

Item# J72-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeHopi koshari clown in a race. Sterling silver. Pin measures 2 1/4" wide.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

 

Item# J56-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Hopi maiden pin. Sterling silver. Pin measures 2 3/4" high.
Price: $195.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item# J273-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeThis is Clarence's Navajo Truck scene in a belt buckle. With the canyon rocks in the background, this driver is putt-putting along with his boy in the back, and the three dogs going along for the trip. (Hope the muffler does not fall off.) Sterling silver with copper accents. Buckle 3" wide, 2 1/4" high, for 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" belt.
Price: $375.


 

 

 

 

Item# J78-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeNavajo home scene. Hogan with child, left; and mother cooking, right. Dad is loading in fire wood, and the cat is begging for a handout. Canyon rocks in background. Sterling silver with copper accents. Buckle 3" wide, 2 1/4" high, for 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" belt.
Price: $375.


 

 

 

 

Item# J199-Clarence Lee, Navajo

Clarence LeeRunning Indian ponies. Sterling silver with copper and brass accents. Buckle 3" wide, 2 1/4" high, for 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" belt. A matching bracelet can be ordered.
Price: $375.

 


To order, call 1-800-401-1192, 1-520-721-8757 if you are out of the United States, or go to our
Order Page

 
 
For an enlarged view of any picture, simply click on it.
- All dimensions are approximate. -

Recommended reading - Check Amazon.com. They stock most of these titles.
American Indian Jewelry I, 1,200 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf, CIAC Press, $75 (hard back);
Navajo Jewelry, A Legacy of Silver and Stone, by Lois Jacka, Northland Publishing, $14.95 (paper);
The Beauty of Hopi Jewelry, by Theda Bassman, $14.95 (paper);
Zuni Jewelry, by Theda Bassman, $12.95 (paper);
Hallmarks of the Southwest, by Barton Wright, $45.00 (cloth);

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