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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1177949 (stock #12048)
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One of my favorite designs of the so-called "archaeological" genre, I have seen similar pieces bearing Victoria's signature but this one is made by an artist who signs his name with initials "AE" in a heart-shaped "M". Though we don't know much about the specific maker, we do know that his work was appreciated enough by his colleagues that his signature can be found on jewelry by Rancho Alegre and Estela Popowski...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1990 item #1177673 (stock #1301)
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In the style of Matilde Poulat's jeweled hand-mirrors a vintage 1980s piece from Taxco having an ornate frame replete with wirework, beading and topped by two repousse Doves - Matl's favorite "Palomas". The mirror is encrusted with turquoise and coral cabs as well as pyramid-cut amethysts and it has an elongated, teardrop repousse handle. it is 5 1/8" tall by 2 3/8" wide and weighs 40.9 grams...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1980 item #1177668 (stock #12091)
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Miniature versions of the clamper bracelets in the corresponding designs by-pass or wrap rings are veritable miracles of craftsmanship and attention to detail as well as testimonials to their maker's patience and ability to concentrate. And even though I know all this, some examples still amaze me with their superb quality...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1177664 (stock #12090)
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$945.00
Iconic Abraham Paz silver and black onyx bracelet in the "shields" design, this is not an easy to find piece and I am thrilled to be offering it here. The epitome of Mexican Deco, Paz's creations appeared also with Fred Davis's hallmarks but the example at hand bears Paz's own signature. The bracelet measures 7 1/4" long (wearable; actual length is 7 1/2") by 1 1/8" wide and weighs 43.2 grams...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1177341 (stock #12083)
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$695.00
Generous in weight, very nicely cut out of medium thickness silver sheet, having carefully riveted links and lying around the neck in the most divine way, a pre-Colombian feathers motif necklace with an astounding presence! The design is easily recognizable as a Los Castillo book piece creation (see listing no 1174989 for a Los Castillo cuff in the same design) and it makes for one of the best fitting necklaces I have ever tried...
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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1177120 (stock #0128)
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$285.00
Early and spectacular Mexican Deco bracelet consisting of three curved links with beaded and wirework ornamentation on oxidized silver platforms. This is a classic "warrior" piece yet its proportions take it above and beyond most examples of this genre. Held held in place with big, hand-wrought prongs the "warriors" are simply incredible... The bracelet has an inner circumference of 7 1/2" (clasped) and it is 2" wide. The jade carvings are approx. 1 3/8" square and at least 1/4" thick...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1176852 (stock #12081)
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A classic book piece for William Spratling, the "tulip" brooch comes in several configurations and is carved out of various stones, the most usual being amethyst. Here the large bloom is set in a less frequently seen repousse frame that consists of deeply chased foliage and an overlaid curlicued tendril. I also love the color variations and depth in the pink quartz stone. Very architectural and quite impressive with a smoothness that makes you want to hold it.....
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1176193 (stock #0970)
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Flamboyantly Deco with that exotic air of the fearsome Saracen and his lethal scimitar, a vintage Mexican silver brooch, big and stunning and almost like out of a period movie. I am drawn to the architecturality of the elaborate headdress, the stern expression in the carved jade face and the oh, so appropriate figural pommel. The brooch measures 3 1/4" tall by 3 1/2" wide and weighs 27.2 grams...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1176063 (stock #0887)
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$265.00
Brooches fascinate me - especially when they are big, show-stopping pieces! Just like the Deco repousse silver one at hand with its carved amethyst masquette dangle hanging off a pair of stylized wings. 4 3/8" tall the brooch is 2 3/8" wide (at its widest) and weighs 27.2 grams. It is simply marked "SILVER MEXICO" and dates in the 1930s-40s...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1175519 (stock #0512)
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I tend to think of carved jade or agate heart bracelets as ideal gifts for Valentine's yet this more difficult to find, larger red stone piece might as well be your stocking stuffer this holiday season. I just can't get over the beauty of the hearts themselves - some kind of agate? - with parts of them semi translucent and a great color variation. The generous repousse frame around them perfectly reflects the proportions of the stones themselves...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1175185 (stock #1314)
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Not a very prolific taller, ProSa is nevertheless a name that I look for and try to get their pieces for my inventory whenever possible. Their jewelry that I have seen are cast and usually very nicely defined and finished. And even though I wouldn't say that I associate them with big, in-your-face pieces, I was pleasantly surprised to find this delicate, romantic floral necklace bearing their name. Feminine and timeless, a ribbon of fuchsia flowers to hug the neck of a young lady this upc...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1174992 (stock #12025)
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I always thought of clamper bracelets as the ideal form for a maestro to showcase his mastery over the art of repoussage...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1174989 (stock #12024)
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Los Castillo cuffs are amazing pieces of wearable art - the quality of the silver sheet used to make them, their balanced weight, the crisp detail in the design and the flawless execution combine to create little masterpieces. In the cuff at hand, inspiration was drawn from Mexico's rich Aztec and Maya past. Whether you want to see the links as feathers, waves or even stylized serpent scales, it still remains a bracelet with extremely powerful presence and a considerable "wow" factor. Havi...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1950 item #1174586 (stock #1317)
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Like scales on the body of a big serpent, the links in this early Mexican Deco repousse bracelet are graduated in size and at the center front embrace an almost quatrefoil medallion with a bezel set oval cabochon - unpolished green agate maybe? Possibly a Mexico City piece, it bears strong resemblance to Matilde Poulat's primordial repoussage - the same powerful presence, the same turn to ancient pre-Colombian motifs for inspiration. The bracelet is 7 3/4" long (wearable) and its width var...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1174342 (stock #12055)
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$325.00
A variation on Spratling's iconic "Cocos" design, the necklace at hand is heavy, very well made and has bezel-set turquoise cabs adorning the center of the links. There are four "cocos" forming each one of them and they are held together with strong, circular rings made of thick twist-rope silver wire. The necklace is 18 3/4" long (wearable; actual length is a little over 19 1/4") by just shy of 3/4" wide (the diameter of the connectors). It weighs 91.3 grams, is simply marked "MEXICO" and dat...
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. It dates in the pre-1948 period and is signed with the taller's name as w...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1173014 (stock #12047a)
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In my opinion one of the best maestros in the art of repoussage, Jose Anton created both holloware and jewelry and was among the first Taxco Renaissance silversmiths. His work has never disappointed me - very creative designs, confident repousse and beautifully combined silver and stones elevate his pieces above the level of most of his contemporaries. I have seen the bracelet at hand with amethyst as well but I find that the onyx ascribes a certain kind of classiness to the design. The bracelet...