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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1440917 (stock #15384)
One Good Eye Silver
$1,325.00
Without a doubt the “queen” of vintage Mexican silver jewelry, Matilde Poulat was an exceptional designer and, in my humble opinion, one of the country’s artists who, in their work, expressed the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her highly textured repoussage allows us to follow the silversmith’s hand as it slides over the metal thus affording us, to an extent, a glimpse of the creative process. Most of her bracelets are big, bold and daring - her jewelry in general commanding...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1440672 (stock #14840)
One Good Eye Silver
$650.00
Drawing inspiration from Mexico’s Spanish Colonial past, this sterling silver necklace and earrings set by Margot de Taxco combines dark oxidation with overlay and deep hand-chasing to achieve an elaborate and rich Old World visual effect. I find the central station to resemble a carnival mask - I know, too Venetian but then, carnivals were celebrated in Spain as well though not as elegantly or extravagantly. The earrings, extra wide, mirror the shape of the necklace’s focal point while refl...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1440402 (stock #14105)
One Good Eye Silver
$375.00
Early and quite hard to find, this Los Castillo silver repousse bracelet is comprised of lusciously sculpted, wide feather links. A dream to wear, I love it for the scrolled edges of each feather and the way the links alternate their orientation adding drama to the design. The bracelet measures a wearable 7" long and it is 1 1/2" wide. It weighs 52.9 grams and has a safety chain as well. It is fully and appropriately signed with the early Los Castillo signature in straight capital letters and be...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1440322 (stock #14848)
One Good Eye Silver
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The smaller version of this particular design, this set of vintage Margot de Taxco earrings reminds me of elaborate woven baskets. The repoussage here is very sculptural and the beading in combination with the wonderful patina the set has acquired over the years accentuates its three-dimensional appeal. Eye-catching without being visually overwhelming, it is easy to wear and will hold its own whatever the occasion you chose it for. The earrings are 1 3/8” long by 1 1/8” wide and weigh 11`....
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1440308 (stock #14733)
One Good Eye Silver
$350.00
In all the years I have been interested in Mexican silver jewelry, I have never come upon a necklace by Ormex. Based in Guadalajara, Ormex was a workshop that seems to have specialized in perfume bottles and also made pill boxes. And even though I might easily have missed the odd brooch here and there, finding a necklace - and a modernist example at that - with their signature is one of those very welcome surprises. And here is it, following the so-called “clam-shell” design also favored by ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1439903 (stock #15261)
One Good Eye Silver
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Big, heavy and bold, the Los Ballesteros “beehive” pendant can be found with “masks” carved in amethyst, dyed calcite, azurite, black onyx and even obsidian yet I have never seen one like the example I am thrilled to be presenting here! Very reminiscent of Old World “moon face” jewelry, the portrait in our case is rendered in a light, lemon-colored stone. On my gem tester the stone registers in the citrine/quartz area and even though I would love to say it is citrine, I will stay on ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1439902 (stock #15164)
One Good Eye Silver
$250.00
A design that doesn’t come up very often, these figural Mexican Deco silver earrings by Los Castillo remind me of Old World “wind” representations. I love the sense of powerful forward motion they convey with the curling repousse silverwork and the feather-like trail that the “winds” leave behind them as they sweep through the skies. I wonder what the rest of the parure looks like. The earrings are 1 5/8” long by 5/8” wide (when worn, the “wind” faces downwards as shown in the...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1439901 (stock #15373)
One Good Eye Silver
$145.00
Beautifully executed this Mexican silver and dyed calcite "mask-in-a-feathered-sunburst" brooch is based on a similar Spratling design (if I am not mistaken). Sunburst designs were popular among Mexican silversmiths in the first half of the 20th c. - a giver of life and warmth, the sun is important in all civilizations and its portrayal took on a myriad of symbolic meanings. Here, it is the feathers (or scales) rendered en repoussage that intrigue me - a reference to Quetzalcoatl, the di...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1438924 (stock #15247)
One Good Eye Silver
SOLD - Thank you!
Just shy of 2" long, I give you the third and last and definitely quirkiest set of Sigi Pineda silver earrings I have been talking about. I happened to come upon the first of these in early summer, fell in love with its cartoonish strangeness - I had never seen this line of Sigi's before. And since all good things come in threes, I found two more pairs in the months following that initial discovery. I am still trying to decide, however, what it is we are looking at here: is it Siamese twins? Or ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1438923 (stock #15297)
One Good Eye Silver
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I promised yesterday that I had two more of those Sigi Pineda surrealist figures dangle earring sets to present and here is the second pair. There is something as endearing as it is quirky about the specific design line - I am not sure what Sigi was into when he created these - but I find them all weirdly irresistible. Overlay and oxidation are used here too to convey the human form, its hands crossed on the chest, turning a minimalist profile away from the onlooker. What a concept! Measuring ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1438824 (stock #15374)
One Good Eye Silver
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A favorite designer of mine, Carmen Beckmann is one of the few female contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know of. Mostly modernist, her work is known for its massive, at times, proportions (especially with her hinged bracelets) and her masterful use of semi-precious stones and gems. The star-form ring at hand is centered by a big, faceted color-change sapphire, that varies between amethyst and steely purple as the light changes. The star is raised above the similarly s...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1438823 (stock #15144)
One Good Eye Silver
$90.00
An intriguing contributor to Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Taller Taxco is a workshop that, as far as my experience goes, created jewelry that were solely based on Salvador Teran's designs. High quality, attention to detail and generous weight distinguish their work from other, "lesser known" modernist talleres yet to this day, a relationship between them and Teran has not been firmly established. Whichever the case might be, the curved lozenge earrings presented here, based on Salvador o...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1438822 (stock #15246)
One Good Eye Silver
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The most fun Sigi Pineda earrings I have ever had, this set is in fact the first in a series of three pairs I will be presenting, all in the same design vein. Quirky and definitely playful, the figures look as if springing out of a child's sketch book. Human? Penguin? A combination of the two? Whatever the case, they are striking, rendered in silver and opaque black oxidation, a surrealist representation of wearable bipeds. Measuring 1 3/4" long by 1" wide the earrings weigh 11.7 grams (for the ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1438230 (stock #15334)
One Good Eye Silver
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An iconic creation for Enrique Ledesma, this design can be found in all jewelry forms and with various stones. There is something very sculptural in the way the stone is cut that bestows an irresistible tactile quality to it and the case of the brooch at hand is no exception. Predominantly green with sage overtones yet not lacking rich blues and more muted browns, the azur-malachite is securely set in its warmly glowing silver frame. Distinctly angular, the stone’s shape is mitigated by the sw...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1437995 (stock #14664)
One Good Eye Silver
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A very difficult design to find, Margot de Taxco's no 5384 is sheer geometry and a celebration of dark, rich oxidation. It is understandable then that I feel fortunate to have come upon the extra-wide hinged bracelet from the parure. Raised sterling bands around the perimeter of the cut-out design lend three-dimensional appeal which is further accentuated by the black surfaces they define. This is by far my favorite "knot" design of hers; not too simple, not overwhelmingly complicated with the p...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1437485 (stock #15349)
One Good Eye Silver
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The name of Plateria Cortes, a Taxco retail store is often found on jewelry signed by Enrique Ledesma and this is the case with the modernist sterling silver and green stone necklace at hand. This type of curved trapezoid links embellished with inlay is a signature design for the maestro yet here there are two sections of stone in each station which is a welcome variation that does not come up as often as the typical single segment. Predominantly green, the color of the azur-malachite is deep an...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1437074 (stock #14590)
One Good Eye Silver
$270.00
Signed by a listed yet still unidentified Mexico City maestro, this Mexican silver necklace combines tube links and hand-made hollow beads with stations housing colorful stones. Based on a popular design in mid-1940s Taxco, the often referred to as “hands-and-stone” motif, the necklace is adorned with quartz, agates, black onyx and golden sheen obsidian and an amethyst-colored lucite cab. Fun, festive and easy to wear, a treasure to brighten your every day the necklace measures 16” long (w...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1437046 (stock #13940)
One Good Eye Silver
$1,650.00
Antonio Pineda’s “velvet cord” necklace line always impressed me – the marrying of steely, glistening silver with the plush suppleness of velvet, the absolute domination of silver and black, the elegance of its minimalism is one of the renowned maestro’s most successful endeavors. The Lascaux-type hunters adorning this massive, axe-shaped pendant necklace are outlined in shadow-box and jump out of their fine silver background, tense and on edge as their ancient adventure unfolds. And t...