All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1430708 (stock #15002)
The quintessential Art Deco designer, Abraham Paz is one of the earliest maestros of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance. He worked in Mexico City and many of the designs we associate with Fred Davis are actually Paz's creations. His minimalist "masks", shield-form links and tiered ring settings epitomize the elegant geometry the 1920s and 1930s are known for while also foreshadowing the less-is-more attitude of modernism...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1430563 (stock #14769)
Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s' love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1429992 (stock #200903)
Little Mexican Silver Shop
$350.00
Sale Pending
This early Matl pin is an exceptional piece, with a beautiful oval turquoise at front and center. The hand-wrought repoussé silver has a warm patina. Measures 2 3/16" x 1 1/4" at the center. Weight is 19.6 grams. Signed and hallmarked "Matl" in script. Closes with a "c" clasp. Collector quality.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429828 (stock #14889)
I thought I should help usher in a glorious Fall this year - I won't miss the summer and probably won't miss any of 2020 - so why not move on and bring some warm, rich colors in our beleaguered lives? Earthy beiges, browns, oranges and greens pair beautifully with well-aged sterling silver wire that cages glistening pieces of agate, onyx and quartz linking them together in this rope-length necklace...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1429816 (stock #200830)
Little Mexican Silver Shop
$350.00
Sale Pending
These earrings produced by Hector Aguilar are a book-piece design, shown p. 87 Silver Masters of Mexico. They have a stunning deco design, with bell shaped pendants which are deeply incised. The recesses are oxidized, and 5 pendants dangle below. Screwbacks work perfectly. These measure 2 1/2" long, 1 1/16" wide. Weight is 19.4 grams. Signed and hallmarked "HA 940 Taxco" with the eagle assay 9. Collector quality.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1429569 (stock #15136)
Valentin Vidaurreta is one of the “giants” in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. And even though to most his name does not resonate in the way Spratling’s or Aguilar’s or Antonio’s does, his incredible talent and sublime craftsmanship is behind many of the designs we know, admire and covet as creations of those “big names”. The hummingbird brooch at hand is just one of those examples...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1429471 (stock #15141)
An iconic design for Salvador Teran, the "moon and star" looks as if it floated out of our childhood dreams, out of that world where there are no sharp edges and everything has a reassuring face. Yet it is also one of the most recognizable creations in Taxco's modernist design index. I love the cartoonish cut-outs, the darkness of the nocturnal sky, the way the moon curves over the little star as if to tuck it in for the night...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429414 (stock #15114)
Long Mexican necklaces made up of tumbled hard- and semi-precious stones caged in sterling silver are among my favorite forms and there is at least one in my jewelry box at all times. They are usually colorful, bringing together an array of agates and jaspers, sodalite, amethyst, lapis and onyx - you name the stone, you will probably find it in there...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429365 (stock #15165)
I look at this Sigi Pineda brooch and I see pine trees frosted with snow, dancing to the tunes of cold winter winds in a Nordic forest. I am sure that others out there will see something else - and this is the magic of minimalist, abstract design; the magic of Sigi when he is truly inspired. I will not say much more hoping that my photos will help illustrate your dreamscapes but will add that the brooch is 2" tall by 1 1/8" at its widest and weighs 8.5 grams...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1429191 (stock #15212)
Eagle 22, one of the assay marks used by Fred Davis, is stamped on the bracelet at hand and its design combined with the fact that Davis was not at all meticulous at signing his pieces makes me believe that we might as well be dealing here with one of this creations. The carved amethyst "masks" are rendered in the most minimalist manner, a classic Abraham Paz / Fred Davis characteristic...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1429190 (stock #15140)
Probably my favorite among the Taxco modernists, Salvador Teran has that magic touch which allows him to draw a perfectly "readable" picture with the least amount of strokes. His work is inspired and his ability to deal with different materials and always create wearable pieces of art is simply unbelievable. In this set of abstract earrings my eyes see the figures of two birds...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Deco : Pre 1940 item #1428934 (stock #14758)
Superb Italian silver "Roma" chain necklace from the first decades of the 20th c., the quality of this piece makes me believe that it is indeed a Peruzzi or at least a Coppini creation (their chain necklaces are never hallmarked as such). A generous "rope" necklace, it is comprised of twist-rope chain lengths interrupted by fluted melon and round beads and has four figural charms, all representing symbols or monuments of the Eternal City...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Native American : Pre 1950 item #1428845
Beautiful vintage Navajo hand made, carinated sterling cuff with stamping c. 1940. It measures 5 1/2" around in the inside plus a 1" opening and is 6/8" wide. Great weight at 51 grams. Unsigned. Very comfortable, looks great on alone or stacked with others.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Native American : Pre 1970 item #1428840
Navajo Kenneth Begay has been called the "father of modern Navajo jewelry". From 1946-1964, he worked as a benchsmith at the White Hogan Shop in Scottsdale, Az. This elegant, precise bracelet measures 5 1/2" around in the inside plus an additional 1 1/4" opening. It is 1/4" wide and weighs 30 grams. All original, fine condition and signed as shown in the photos. Gorgeous alone or perfect for stacking.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428765 (stock #15171)
It's almost the middle of August but this vintage Antonio Pineda brooch makes me think of leaves twirling in the wind filling the world with the fiery golds and reds of Fall. It is characteristic of the design genius inherent in some maestros that they can take a simple, familiar form and put such a twist to it (in our case literally), the form turns into a little work of art. This is a very sculptural brooch, the sense of motion it holds within it strong, its patina to die for...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428764 (stock #15170)
Sometimes things just fall into your lap unexpectedly and this is what happened with the two Antonio Pineda brooches I am listing today. First up a fun (albeit ... smelly in real life, if you are not careful) figural brooch glorifying our beloved skunk! At least, I think it's a skunk and I wish I had a more noble name for the creature. Such an unusual, tongue-in-cheek design for Antonio who is seriously modernist and quite heavy at times...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1428703 (stock #15038)
Based on one of Margot de Taxco's Japanese-inspired designs (and a very difficult ring to find with her signature!), this Mexican silver by pass ring is signed by one of her contemporaries, a listed maestro who remains among the still unidentified contributors to Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance. I wrote some time ago that by pass rings seem to me to be the equivalent of the "toi et moi" rings that became popular at the beginning of the 19th c...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1428648
Measuring 4 inches high & 3 1/2" across this impressive hand wrought sterling silver & bronze brooch was designed & signed in the 1940's by Taxco, Mexico artist William Spratling (1900-67). The detailed repousse' work is exquisite & the condition excellent. The piece weighs 57 grams and is fully hallmarked. The pin back & safety are in fine working order. Pictured on the cover of the 4th edition of MEXICAN SILVER by Penny Morrill & Carole Berk and on Phyllis Goddard's site spratlingsilver.com. T...