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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1263554 (stock #12830)
One Good Eye Silver
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Unmarked as is the case with many studio pieces from the 1950s-60s, a visually powerful hand-wrought silver mod bracelet. What is very impressive about this cuff is the different depths of field the eye has to rest on. Hand-hammered and heavily oxidized, it is adorned with applied biomorphic spheres and a raised rim all around its perimeter...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1189955 (stock #12261)
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Strong presence with its unusual square face and richly colored stones make this vintage Deco Matl-esque ring a feast for the eyes; both those of the beholder as well as those of the bearer. Adorned with a pyramid-cut amethyst and channel-set coral and turquoise cabs its shank is embellished with the familiar wirework and twist-rope accents. Deep oxidation helps bring the color of the stones out and creates the character of this piece...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1186319 (stock #0446)
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For the lovers of vintage Mexican silver jewelry who are also lovers of equines, a gorgeous set of Margot de Taxco sterling repousse cufflinks in the shape of a horse head. I find the animal's portrait majestic - the way it holds its head allows its strength and beauty to come out in the best possible way. Each cufflink is 1 1/8" tall by 7/8" wide and the set weighs 10.8 grams. It is fully signed with Margot's name as well as with a badly stamped Eagle mark and des. no 5160...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1275858 (stock #12910)
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Sculptural Deco Mexican silver repousse necklace and earrings set in a design created by Margot de Taxco this demi is signed by its maker yet the hallmarks are double-stamped and it’s impossible for me to read the name. Yet even so once cannot help but notice the perfect execution in the silver work, the voluptuousness of the repousse surfaces and the warm patina that has developed over time...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1268762 (stock #12861)
One Good Eye Silver
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Exceptional early Deco Taxco silver bracelet, its two parts formed by rows of repousse semi-spheres accented with green turquoise cabochons. This is one of my favorite forms in an exuberant design that never fails to attract attention. Bracelets like this come in a variety of widths – this one is, I believe, the widest you can get with eight rows of beads that, in the front panel, are enhanced by overlaid rows of stone and smaller beads...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1307888 (stock #13200)
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One of my favorite Alfredo Villasana designs, the "swirl and ball" clamper is executed in repousse that exudes a sense of uninterrupted, effortless flow. As opposed to some of the maestro's other creations, this one adheres to the strict minimalism of modernism with oxidation and patina being the only enhancements that add to its sculpturality...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1173143 (stock #12046)
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Plateria FarFan created some of the most impressive and well-made collar necklaces - many in the multiple row "mesh" style and others in Cleopatra "puzzle" designs. The necklace here is one of the latter and a pretty handsome one at that! Comfortable to wear, it lies divinely around the neck and looks regal. It measures 15 1/4" long (wearable, measuring the inner, shorter length) by 1" wide and weighs a generous 92 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1223742 (stock #12463)
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A retailer in Cuernavaca, according to Bille Hougart, Doris probably commissioned work from several maestros yet jewelry bearing their signature does not surface very often. But when it does, it is usually spectacular - like the cuff presented here. Co-signed "Corpus Artisans", its repousse is immaculately executed; dramatic, perfectly finished and beautifully oxidized...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1171565 (stock #1371)
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One of the sweetest early floral repousse Taxco necklaces, this piece is wrought in 980 silver and will come to you with its matching earrings. Deeply chased repousse, dramatically curving lines and excellent patina make for an eye-catching demi. The necklace measures 15 1/8" long (wearable) with its central tulip dangles part being 5 5/8" long by 1 5/8" tall. The width at the chain is 1/2" (at its widest). The earrings are accordingly 1/2" wide and 1 1/8" tall...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1317228 (stock #13318)
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Cross-pollination is as important in the world of jewelry design as it is in any other aspect of human civilization and the early Taxco silver necklace at hand is quite an example! Hand-wrought in Mexico in the 1940s, it betrays a strong Danish mod (or Scandinavian in general) influence and brings to mind David Andersen's foliate jewelry. I love the heart-shaped leaves with the hand-etched veins and the tiny little beading that accents them...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1150590 (stock #1266/1267)
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The Los Castillo taller is renowned for their revival of several ancient Maya and Aztec silversmithing techniques and the breath of creative fresh air they brought into Taxco jewelry making. Their Mozaico Azteca line, in which they seamlessly combinedinlaid azur malachite with sterling silver is, in my opinion, one of their best moments...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1317647 (stock #13181)
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Dating in the opening decades of the 20th c., a classic Italian bracelet cast in 800 silver, its links fashioned like theatrical masks. Most probably a memento of a young lady's Grand Tour, the bracelet follows the style established by the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros and is in excellent vintage condition. Measuring a wearable 7 3/8" long (actual length is 8") it is 1 7/16" wide and weighs 57.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1314205 (stock #13255)
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Sweeping swirls in graduated sizes, hand-chased and oxidized make up this stunning Los Castillo silver necklace. I have in the past sold the enameled version of this specific design but this is my first all-sterling piece. And I am loving the amazingly comfortable way it wears, the loyalty with which it holds its position around the neck and the high quality of workmanship it boasts - which, of course, characterizes all Los Castillo jewelry. Measuring 17" long (wearable; this is a design that de...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #997370
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Very substantial yet still discrete and classy this is a Spratling creation dating in the 1940-46 period as indicated by the combination of hallmarks it bears. It is formed by three rows of "puffy", pillow-like repousse links flexibly held together with hidden pins. The fold-over clasp also blends in the design when you have it on. At 76.9 grams the bracelet weighs around the wrist in a warm, familiar way feeling comfortable and not at all overwhelming. Beautifully crafted and distinctly s...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1316855 (stock #13316)
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Obviously influenced by the Spanish Colonial tradition, an early Deco Mexican silver and malachite necklace with the fleur-de-lis motif at center front! Distinctly Mexican in its craftsmanship and combination of materials, it is nonetheless more "discrete" and "romantic" than most pieces from this period. If you always wanted a vintage Mexican necklace that will catch the eye without overwhelming it, this was made for you. Measuring 16" long (wearable; easily lengthened with the addition of a st...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1185428 (stock #12028)
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"JSE" is a listed Taxco maestro whose work I have had several times over the years and can recommend without any hesitation for his attention to detail and his beautiful repousse. The bracelet at hand is generously wide and though its design at first sight betrays "archaeological" origins, when you look at it again it can easily be perceived as a mod, stylized interpretation of a hand with folded fingers. It measures a wearable 6 1/2" long (actual length is 6 7/8") so it's perfect for small to...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1087307 (stock #0194)
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Quintessentially Deco both in design as well as in their stellar combination of silver and black onyx this is a superb set of Mexican dangle earrings! Overlay and dark oxidation make for the architectural half-moons that hold the teardrop black onyx dangles - elegant, classy yet so daring and mysterious at the same time. The earrings are 2 7/16" long by approx. 1/2" wide (at their widest) and the set weighs 11.5 grams. They are signed with maker's initials "JMM" as well as "HECHO EN MEXI...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1184817 (stock #12051/12052)
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Characteristic of the early period in Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance - I, at least, have not seen any similar examples from later periods - a bracelet and earrings set of Deco silver and carved stone hearts. The color of the agate (?) is a warm, rich rust red and the carving is literally ... scrumptious! Perfect for Valentine's but also great whenever your little heart feels like it. Measuring 7 1/2" long (wearable) the bracelet is 7/8" wide (at its widest) and weighs 49.9 grams. The earri...