One Good Eye Silver
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1960 item #1059910
One Good Eye Silver
$235.00
Presented here is an old, pre-ban Japanese ivory brooch and earrings set carved in the shape of plumeria flowers in its original faux leather box retaining the seller's guarantee of authenticity. The Sunamoto Ivory Co. was first established in 1884 and were known as carvers of fine ivory netsuke. The design here seems to be identical to similar sets being sold by Ming's of Hawaii, which makes one wonder whether all pieces were in fact produced by the same carvers in Tokyo. Beautifully carved wi...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1066325
One Good Eye Silver
$325.00
Elegant and definitely illustrative of Sigi Pineda's ability to add a mod twist to even the classic Mexican Deco beaded necklace this is a set including the earrings as well. Brushed, beautifully aged silver beads strung on silver chain hug the neck lovingly while also reflected in the dangles of the earrings. A comfortable choker that will come to you with Sigi's gallery card with a map of Taxco on the back to help costumers locate it. The necklace is a wearable 15 1/2" long and the diamete...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Pre 1960 item #1074274
One Good Eye Silver
$495.00
Fabulous pair of vintage Los Castillo weighted copper angel candleholders in a classic Salvador Teran design from the 1950s, I believe. These can be found in brass and silver plate with or without inlaid wings but I love the fantastic patina that the copper has developed over the years in this pair. Though a set, one of the pieces is slightly bigger than the other - they are after all handwrought works and bound to exhibit small dissimilarities. Their height is 7 3/8" for the taller of the two...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1097505 (stock #0222)
One Good Eye Silver
$285.00
Possibly the hugest vintage Deco brooch you will ever see coming out of Mexico, this is an unbelievable piece not only for its monumental size but also for its marvelously, deeply carved stone rose. I believe the stone to be jasper and fell in love with its variegated, soft moss green tones as soon as I saw it. The carving is simply magnificent and it brings out the stone's natural interest. The rose is so big that it is held in place not only with four hefty prongs but is also supported at the ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1102499
One Good Eye Silver
$945.00
Until well into the 20th c. conducting one's own archaelogical dig was not prohibited in Mexico - both Spratling and Davis are known to have engaged in personal digs and their collections were frequently enriched by the fruits of those excavations. Quite often ancient, pre-Colombian beads as well as small stone artifacts that surfaced here and there were incorporated in pieces of jewelry silversmiths made in the first decades of Mexico's Silver Renaissance. I believe the stone beads in the neckl...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1105061 (stock #0355)
One Good Eye Silver
$285.00
A cousin of the Castillo family Salvador Teran designed many of the taller's early pieces after he finished his apprenticeship at Spratling's Las Delicias. He is probably my favorite Mexican modernist, his jewelry characterized by bold interpretations of iconic Mexican motifs intensified by the use of stone, silver overlay and oxidation. Yet Teran was also a talented muralist specializing in tile mosaics. Offered here is an example of Salvador's inlay work albeit in a smaller, more "domestic" sc...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1194547 (stock #12300)
One Good Eye Silver
$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. I find them very eye-catching, definitely different and so representative of the modernist wave that overtook Mexican designers and silversmiths alike around the middle of the 20th c.. The bracelet here has a cluster of smaller than usual "shells" holding...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Pre 1970 item #1194549 (stock #1230)
One Good Eye Silver
$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 #1205039 (stock #12372)
One Good Eye Silver
$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 : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1207135 (stock #12375)
One Good Eye Silver
$875.00
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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. Its width comes u...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1218735 (stock #12425)
One Good Eye Silver
$495.00
Early Deco repousse silver bracelet in the so-called Mexico City style, very reminiscent of Matilde Poulat's first creations. Classically "archeological" in inspiration, the mask bracelet presented here has the hand-crafted characteristics that are so unique to the genre: textured repoussage, an almost naive approach to finishing, a motif that comes out of Mexico's pre-Colombian past and a primordial appeal that becomes more potent the longer one looks at the piece. The bracelet measures 7...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Deco : Pre 1950 item #1220752 (stock #12433)
One Good Eye Silver
$485.00
A silversmith whose work is not frequently encountered, E. Byrne Livingston is among the American artists who contributed to the creation of the country's unique Machine Age aesthetic. A New Yorker, she worked primarily in the 1930s and 1940s and some of her creations are among the holdings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The brooch presented here is characteristic of its period and the specific artistic climate within which it was created. While curving the angularity of Deco lines, it exhib...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1223533 (stock #12540)
One Good Eye Silver
$285.00
Very reminiscent of Ledesma's mod interpretations of pre-Colombian motifs, a hinged sterling bracelet from mid-century Taxco with elaborate overlay and an aqua blue gem that registers in the spinel area of my tester. I consider this one of the most visually interesting designs in this neo-Aztec genre; cutwork, beading, chasing, oxidation and overlay combine to create a piece very attractive yet also easy to wear whatever the circumstances. The bracelet has an inner circumference of 6 7/8" (clas...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1227860 (stock #12445)
One Good Eye Silver
$765.00
Based on the dramatic contrast of highly polished silver against dark, oxidized backgrounds, Sigi's jewelry is eye-catching without having to be burdensomely elaborate. The necklace at hand illustrates, I believe, my assertion in the best possible way. Gorgeous, a pleasure to wear and to behold, and a true Tasco (sic) modernist treasure. It measures just shy of 16" long (wearable) with the central mirrored part of it being 4" wide and 1" tall (at its tallest); the width of the chain itself is 5/...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1228403 (stock #12531)
One Good Eye Silver
$480.00
In emulation of a Margot de Taxco's design a vintage silver and black enamel necklace signed by Narvaez. I am familiar with the specific maker's Deco jewelry yet I have never seen an enameled piece by him! Based on a difficult to find (at least in my experience) Margot original, I love the sweeping motion of the stylized feathers and their generous size. A stunning piece, it measures a wearable 17 3/4" with its feathers part being 4" wide by 2 1/4" tall (at its tallest). The width at the chai...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1229490 (stock #12439)
One Good Eye Silver
$650.00
Another one of my Taller Taxco treasures, this necklace, obviously based on Salvador Teran's design, came to me with a matching bracelet (by yet a different maker) which I will be presenting in the next few days. An intriguing taller, its relationship (or lack thereof?) to Teran still remains cloudy yet its emulations of Salvador's jewelry are of the highest quality and craftsmanship. The choker at hand, a reinterpretation of a pre-Colombian motif within the context of the mid-20th c. is simply ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1230216 (stock #12619)
One Good Eye Silver
SOLD - Thank you!
One of the most interesting pieces by Los Castillo I have ever encountered - and in my experience a rarely surfacing cuff at that - I am thrilled to be presenting this bracelet here. Fusing copper and sterling silver, the cuff is a double-wide version of the taller's popular des. no 909. Yet in our case, the copper part makes for the repoussage-d face and is then seamlessly applied on the sterling background. Could this be an experimental piece or a custom-made version of the design? Either way,...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1230389 (stock #12525)
One Good Eye Silver
$350.00
Based on a Salvador Teran design, the bracelet at hand is a great match to the Taller Taxco necklace also currently available in my inventory (please look for item no 1229490). Pre-Colombian motifs with a mod twist in their interpretation make for a visually stimulating and definitely different piece. The dangling charm which reflects the necklace's pendant is undoubtedly a strength and determination statement - don't you think? The bracelet is 7 7/8" long but I think it would wear more like a...