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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1268762 (stock #12861)
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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 1950 item #1171562 (stock #12050)
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I am happy to present here a rather difficult to find early Taxco bracelet - I have come upon this specific design in its necklace form a couple of times but have only seen the bracelet once before. Hand-wrought in well-pronounced repousse it consists of a double row of tulips facing away from each other. I am particularly attracted to the patina it has acquired over time - 980 alloys "age" really gracefully - and the piece's generous width...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1171054 (stock #1377)
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Literally huge and definitely earth-shattering pair of Alfredo Villasana earrings, this pair is not for the faint of heart. Strong movement in the "fleshy" repousse along with deep recesses and beautiful patina showcase Villasana's mastery over the art of repoussage. Each earring is 2 1/8" tall by 1" wide and the set weighs 16.1 grams. Marked with Villasana's signature albeit partial as well as Eagle 3 assay mark, the pair dates in the 1950s-60s and is in excellent vintage condition...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1177334 (stock #0161)
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Bearing a mystery signature - to my eyes it looks a lot like one of the signatures used by Pedro Castillo but I just can't say for sure - a superbly executed clamper bracelet from the golden years of Taxco repoussage. Cactus fruit and prickly branches applied on a heavily oxidized background face each other on the clamper's two opposing wings - the result is intensely graphic and such an iconic representation of old Mexico...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1990 item #1182916 (stock #1328)
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Having justly earned a place in the pantheon of those artists whose work changed the way we design and think about silver jewelry, Matilde Poulat created a whole school of silversmiths who emulated her work not only when she was alive and active but even today, in the so called "post-1980" period of Mexican jewelry making. Based on Matl's signature Palomas motif, this is a big, impressive, nicely made bracelet. Coral, amethyst and tiny turquoise beads stud the repousse and wire work ornam...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1197635 (stock #12286)
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I love Margot de Taxco's enamel work - the enameling is simply perfect, the colors are so difficult to emulate and the design and color combinations to die for...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1194681 (stock #12158)
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I am thrilled to present you with this truly majestic, early Deco Mexican silver repousse Pegasus brooch. I have seen this specific design bearing the signature of Fred Davis and have also sold a Casa Prieto example a year or so ago. It doesn't come up very often and its scarcity is only matched by its sublime appearance and the visual impact that it has. This example is not marked for maker yet its repoussage is strong and layered to impart more of a life-like appearance to it...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1188652 (stock #12173)
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I am fascinated by these vintage Taxco "dimpled dot" hinged bracelets - a genre in which the Los Ballesteros taller excelled and was understandably emulated by other contemporary talleres. I find them easy to wear, love the different stones that usually adorn them, and when they are not massive, I even like to combine them with other, similar pieces. The example here holds an aqua blue topaz in a crown setting and is signed by a still unidentified Taxco maker...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1169261 (stock #12021)
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Stunning Uno a Erre Italian 800 silver modernist bracelet designed by Gallopi, this is a true "chameleon" piece by construction. Its textured links consist of two pieces that together create a shadowbox effect. It seems that the underside of the front pieces is enameled (?) in different colors which then reflect on the mirror-like inner surface of each link. The result is fantastic and changes constantly according to how one views the bracelet and how the light hits the mirror-ed interior...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1167782 (stock #1321)
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I am very partial to Margot's enamel work, especially her pieces with warm, earthy colors. The bracelet here is one of my favorite designs - round, concave links enameled in brown, taupe, black and white with silver polka dots showing through in an almost yin and yang motif. Perfect for every season but just ideal for fall and winter! In the next to last photo you can see it with the matching earrings that are also available in my inventory...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1072577
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I love bead necklaces - all kinds of them; yet my uncontested favorites are those old Mexican silver ones with the big handwrought beads, the ones in which you can see the seam running their perimeter! Entirely made by hand with the most rudimentary of tools the beads in this necklace glisten with the warm patina that only well-aged silver acquires. Strung on a silverplate chain - and I believe this to be the original stringing because the jump rings are soldered closed - the choker is the...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1071324
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Bringing to mind one of Margot de Taxco's most loved designs, the "owls" bracelet offered here marries in a most eye-catching way almost fine, 980 silver with brass. One of the best crafted pieces that I have seen in this design, the bracelet 's repousse is exceptionally crisp with deep, oxidized recesses and strong lines - definitely a very carefully made example and not a cheap "knock off" for the occasional tourist buyer. The combination of silver and brass just adds another layer of int...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1038620
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Beautifully cast sterling silver links with exceptionally careful finishing make up this vintage Alfredo Villasana necklace. Having worked for both Spratling and Aguilar, Villasana is not among the "big" names of Mexican silversmiths yet I love his work because it always displays a good sense of design, is always well-crafted and has good weight to it. The necklace at hand is an early, pre-1948 example of Villasana's jewelry and to me its links look like hearts made of feathers and scrolls...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1074808 (stock #0418)
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What can I possibly say about this necklace that would even aspire to portray its massiveness, its weight, its amazing presence and the effect it has on others when you have it on! Bearing the signature of Fan Fan, a taller based in Mexico City, it is an astounding piece of jewelry and so characteristic of Far Fan's best work...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1141248 (stock #1049)
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Set in a rectangular raised bezel accented by twist-rope wire decoration and two repousse spheres at either side the carved coral insert adorning this ring is simply a pleasure to look at. Featuring a bird perched on a flowering branch it is richly colored and equally rich in detail. The ring is a comfortable size 6 but easily re-sizeable. Its face measures 13/16" by 11/16" (not including the spheres) and its weight is 4.9 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1157659 (stock #1309)
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Rare, smaller in proportions than the usual cuffs found in this design, the "Hands and Tulips" bracelet offered here is signed by Quinto. An elaboration on Spratling's signature creation, the flowers here are very stylized, represented by treardrop amethysts instead of the more often found carved tulips. Yet I love the fantastic detail in the design and the attention that went into its execution - every line is crisp and the repousse masterfully done. The dogbone ends are an added bonus - again ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1155454 (stock #0897 / 1283)
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Over the years I grew to appreciate good modernist jewelry and Sigi Pineda's work as a Mexican example of such, figures among my absolute favorites. I am drawn to the seamless way he seems to combine ancient motifs with the minimalist fluidity of mod design. The pendant necklace at hand provides a superb illustration of my statement, I think. Beautifully patinated, cast in sterling, the naked figure of a pre-Colombian figure drinking out of a bottle and seemingly in a state of trance(?) is paire...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1153797 (stock #1265)
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A rare find to come upon a Hector Aguilar ring - there don't seem to be many available! Yet here it is, an "Old Maguey" piece that would go perfectly with the matching bracelet also currently available in my inventory (see listing no 1097654). Not as massive as the other pieces in the parure, the ring is an easy wear whether for a night out or for your every day in the office. It is currently a size 5.25 but easily re-sizeable, I believe, without fear of damaging the hallmarks. Its face is 3/4" ...