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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1209307 (stock #0873)
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Possibly the most sought after creation in Casa Maya's copper, brass and green enamel line the habitually referred to as "The Kiss" design is characterized by a bold, crazy "Carmen Miranda" attitude. Yet it seems that the bracelet's two figures are most probably pre-Colombian noblemen and according to Hargrove even representations of the great 7th c. CE king Pakal of Palenque (see Sandy Hargrove, Maya Mexico Jewelry, p...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1209101 (stock #12294)
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A talented silversmith and good designer, Alfredo Villasana is known not only for his original pieces (which I truly appreciate for their imaginative design and perfect finishing) but for his high quality emulations of pieces that were first issued by the big talleres, usually of the Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco ones. I am not sure whether the fabulous pectoral I am presenting here comes up with either the Los Castillo or Margot signatures in the specific configuration of elements yet the...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1209099 (stock #12297)
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An early Los Castillo creation as indicated by the low design number it comes with, this is a cuff with daring, sweeping lines intensified by the taller's bold repoussage and the patina it has acquired over time. It is not a coincidence that the Los Castillo family ranks among the premier designers and silvermsiths of Taxco's 20th c. Silver Renaissance...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1208035 (stock #12282)
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What can I say about this truly rare, amazing find? Early, early Mexican repousse bracelet, similar to Matilde Poulat's first creations, it is wrought of 900 silver and probably hails from Mexico City. I believe that this is an early A. Tobias piece based on the raised initials "T.A." that are part of the hallmarks and also on the style, date and workmanship...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1208034 (stock #12266)
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The combination of copper and sterling is one of the best moments of vintage Mexican silver jewelry - just take a look at the necklace presented here with its highly detailed silver koi fish hugging warmly mellowed copper semi-spheres. A known Los Castillo design, most presumably also a Margot creation from the period she was fascinated by Japanese art, I just never tire of it nor any of its known variations...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1207426 (stock #12306)
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Based on Matilde Poulat's "Paloma" design, the necklace at hand is only hallmarked with Eagle 1 assay mark, which was also used by Matl herself. Its quality and workmanship as you can see is such that justifies the assumption that it might easily have come out of the big maestra's workshop - the repousse dove is carefully rendered; the stones are beautiful and tightly set; and the silver work bespeaks the time and effort the necklace's maker put into crafting it...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1207424 (stock #12305)
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A mystery maker - nothing is known about him/her despite the fact that the specific signature is referred to in the literature - the creator of this hinged, mutli-row bead and turquoise bracelet did a amazing job indeed! Repousse beaded bracelets of this type come in various widths and silver/stone combinations. I have seen them with amethyst, black onyx and obsidian and love the turquoise variation...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1207137 (stock #12344)
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$665.00
An early design for the Los Castillo taller, I don't know what one would call this piece if not iconic and classic. In my mind, the "fern" motif is closely associated with vintage Mexican clamper bracelets. It has been produced for decades due to its popularity and demand and can be found with all kinds of signatures or simple "generic" Deco hallmarks...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1207135 (stock #12375)
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$875.00
The second Erika Hult de Corral bracelet currently in my inventory (please look for item no 1189406 as well), this piece is absolutely fabulous. Quite substantial yet still comfortable to wear, its mod sterling links are studded with green, mossy agates. The bracelet feels divine around the wrist and as rare as Ric bracelets are, the specific design is even more difficult to come upon. With an inner circumference of 6 5/8" (clasped), it is perfect for smaller to medium wrists...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1205881 (stock #12293)
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A scarcely surfacing Sigi Pineda necklace and earrings set, here the renowned Taxco modernist combines in the perfect way his skills as a silversmith with his aptitude in mozaic inlay. In this set, sea blue turquoise and what if often referred to as "blue jeans" sodalite are combined in a freely flowing, elaborate knot to create the necklace. Mirroring the links in the necklace's chain, the earrings are set in oval sterling frames, one with turquoise and the other with sodalite inlay...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1205877 (stock #12349)
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The primary designer for Plateria Rancho Alegre, Miguel Martinez created some of the most beautiful jewelry available in Taxco at the time. There is something primordially powerful about his jewelry and I think the door-knocker dangle earrings presented here illustrate in the best way what I am trying to say. I love the "fleshiness" of the design, , the attention to three-dimensionality in its execution and the perfect way by which glowing silver and oxidation are married together...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1205527 (stock #12389)
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A rather rare name to come up, this is the first Abel J. piece I have ever seen and handled. The maker is listed yet other than hallmarks and the fact that we know their name, I was not able to find anything more about them. Yet the necklace at hand is a piece whose imaginative design and gorgeous material combination should warrant some notoriety for its creator...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1205523 (stock #12414)
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Matching the big brooch in the same design that I presented a few days ago (please refer to item no 1204747), this set of dangle earrings is showy, fun and a pleasure to wear. The horses look almost cartoonish and have acquired a wonderful patina over time. Each earring measures 1 3/4" long and the diameter of the dangle is 1 5/16"...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1205039 (stock #12372)
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$945.00
Talented, eccentric and not very prolific (at least where his Mexican pieces are concerned) Hubert Harmon spent a few years in Taxco in the 1940s and created some of the most beautiful, difficult to find examples of Taxco design. The repousse silver snakes and fish belt buckle at hand is a known Harmon creation yet doesn't bear his signature so I am offering it here as an unsigned piece and this is reflected in its pricing. The level of craftsmanship, however, the buckle's weight and the attenti...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1204749 (stock #12412)
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An early Los Castillo creation as indicated by the low design number, this is also a classic for the taller - repousse swirls accented by beads and riveted together to imitate the waves in a distant sea. The links' depressed areas are beautifully oxidized to intensify the design's depth and by construction the bracelet offers maximum comfort to its wearer. It measures 7 1/4" long (wearable) by 5/8" wide (at its widest) and weighs 39.9 grams. Signed with the taller's name as well as des. no 392,...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1204747 (stock #12335)
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I have seen this brooch years ago with Fred Davis's signature and was a little surprised at the almost cartoon-like design at the time so the memory stayed with me since. And when I recently came upon the demi of brooch and earrings (you can see both pieces in the next to last photo), I held my breath - only to find Eagle 22 yet no FD initials on the back of the pieces. Unfortunately, Davis is famous for not being as meticulous as Spratling in having all his jewelry marked with his signature... ...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1960 item #1203909 (stock #12140)
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Probably dating in the mid-1950s, a rare form to find with Miguel Martinez's signature this lariat necklace is the perfect accessory for hot summer days. Its double-weave chain is light enough to feel comfortable yet eye-catching at the same time, especially with the three-dimensional "bell flower" dangles marking its two ends. The lariat measures 30" in total length while the dangles are 15/16" by 5/8". Weighing 19.9 grams, the necklace is fully signed with Miguel's signature as well as "STERLI...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1203906 (stock #12383)
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Exquisitely patina-ed with the oxidation time helped develop in the design's recesses adds precious depth to this vintage Los Castillo repousse brooch that has a more romantic flair to it than most of their work. I love the combination of twists and twirls with the stylized "trumpet" flowers at the top - simply terrific! It measures 3" long by 1 7/8" wide (at its widest) and weighs 22.9 grams. It bears the taller's earlier signature, in straight capital letters as well as des. no 521 alongside ...