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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1195076 (stock #1352)
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$245.00
I am always thrilled to come upon Rancho Alegre jewelry - I find that their creations, especially their cuffs, are veritable masterpieces both in design as well as craftsmanship. The early mod cuff at hand in a dramatic "wave" motif plays with the constrast between shadow and light as its recessed, heavily oxidized field stands dark against the warmly glowing double-rimmed edges. Even the inner surface is hand-hammered here and bespeaks the high quality of Rancho Alegre pieces...
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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Pre 1970 item #1194549 (stock #1230)
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$290.00
Apparently a bracelet that doesn't come up very often since its makers, the Bjorklund Bros, only stayed in business for a short ten year period, this is a gorgeous piece adorned with pale, semi-translucent pink or better peach stones (a kind of quartz maybe?). Based in Copenhagen, the Borklunds created less-is-more, distinctly Danish mod jewelry between 1961 and 1971. Their brief business presence does not seem to have affected the popularity of their jewelry; on the contrary, their rarit...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1194547 (stock #12300)
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$285.00
I am really fond of these "clamshell" modernist bracelets that came out of Taxco in the mid-1940s and 1950s! In fact, I am very partial to the whole line of jewelry in that design - from necklaces to rings to pendants, brooches and earrings...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1194545 (stock #12309)
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Signed with the initials of a listed Taxco maestro whose work I don't think I ever had before, a superbly crafted sterling silver repousse clamper bracelet from the pre-1948 period. The intertwined feathers and scrolls making up the "wings" are boldly textured and the oxidation that has settled in the recesses over the years has made them even more dramatic. This is indeed a complex design and it has been wonderfully rendered...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1193400 (stock #12163)
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A very rare piece to find, this long sterling necklace bears the signature of "La Azteca", about whom almost nothing was known until now - please refer to my blog at vintagemexicansilver...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1191859 (stock #1282)
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$120.00
One of the great ladies of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Victoria was known to the world as Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti but came to be referred to by the name she gave to her workshop, Plateria Victoria...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1191459 (stock #12269)
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$280.00
Matching the necklace in the same design that is also currently available in my inventory (see listing no 1190796 and also look at last photo here), a masterfully designed and executed Deco bracelet by a maker whose signature can also be found on Estela Popowski and Rancho Alegre pieces. Perfect repousse, deeply saturated amethyst cabs and gorgeous patina contribute to its stunning appearance. The bracelet measures 7" long (wearable) by 1 1/8" wide and weighs 32.0 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1190810 (stock #12062)
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We are all so used to Maciel cuff bracelets featuring boldly rendered repousse florals so this piece comes as a little surprise. Sweet as can be, it almost belongs among the so-called story-telling jewelry that feature vignettes of everyday life in the villages and small Mexican towns...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1190796 (stock #0469)
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One of my most favorite "less celebrated" maestros of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance, AEM is also referred to as "the Heart" artist because he signs his initials "AE" in a heart-shaped "M". Though we know that he had worked for Estela Popowski and Rancho Alegre, his identity remains elusive to this day...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1189958 (stock #12269)
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I could hardly exaggerate my surprise when I bumped into this enamel necklace - obviously a Margot de Taxco inspired design, it is signed "VILLA", a name I have not encountered before and is not, at least to my knowledge, even mentioned in the extant literature. A combination of champleve and confetti, the enamel is masterfully done, with intense colors and the blue in particular revealing green undertones when the light falls on it on a certain angle...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : 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 1980 item #1189406 (stock #12145)
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Alongside Sigi Pineda and Enrique Ledesma Erika Hult de Corral is one of my favorite modernist jewelry designers - her work is imaginative, never fails to surprise and and her genuine creativity results in unfailingly impressive pieces without having to resort to fussy design. Her creations do not come up very often yet she obviously has a rather loyal following that appreciates her aesthetic and seeks after her jewelry...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1188657 (stock #12173)
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Matching the Cleopatra necklace of the same design also currently available in my inventory (see them together in the last photo), this bracelet has all the bells and whistles of Deco design. Its angular, tiered links that underscore a "less-is-more" approach to adornment are embellished with strips of shimmering "peacock" abalone that surprise with the richness of color and metallic glow. The bracelet is 7 1/4" long (wearable) by 1 1/8" wide and weighs 53.9 grams. It is signed by M...
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. Its inner circumference is 6 7/8" ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1188446 (stock #12160)
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$1450.00
Pectoral necklaces are, in my opinion. one of the most stunning forms in vintage Mexican silver jewelry and I count Gerardo Lopez as one of the best maestros who applied themselves to making them. Though there is not much information on him in the extant literature (at least of what I have seen), I suspect that he must have had some kind of association with the Los Castillo taller and/or Margot de Taxco. His repousse is strong and very carefully executed though lighter in weight usually and h...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1187689 (stock #12150)
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Koi fish is a motif automatically associated with Margot de Taxco in Mexican silver jewelry - the Grande Dame's love for Japanese art provided inspiration for many of her designs and those who either worked with her or simply emulated her creations helped the influence live on even after she stopped being active. The bracelet at hand is a rare find - not only because it's not repousse but consists of links carefully cut out of thick silver sheet but also because the fish are inlaid with shimm...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1187688 (stock #12173)
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Quintessentially Deco in its angularity and the tiered construction of its links, this necklace is signed by yet another "unsung" maestro of early Taxco. I don't think that Narvaez is even mentioned in the literature (at least not in what I have looked at) yet I have come upon his work a few times before and came to associate this specific design with his name. Wrought in a wide, Cleopatra style collar adorned with rectangles of bezel-set peacock abalone, this necklace is truly worthy of a queen...