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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1425475 (stock #15097)
One Good Eye Silver
$380.00
Perfect for medium to smaller wrists, this modernist Erika Hult de Corral bracelet was made in Taxco in the 1960s-70s. One of the few female contributors to Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know of, de Corral studied at the Parson's School of Design in Paris. An award-winning designer, she worked with Sigi Pineda and Enrique Ledesma before opening her own workshop. Always within the scope of modernism, her jewelry is impeccably crafted, with high quality materials and when they don't ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1425416 (stock #15095)
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Mateo is one of those "familiar unknowns" among the Taxco maestros. Based on what I have seen of his work, he must have started making jewelry in the 1970s and crossed over the end of the "Eagle assay mark" into the post-1980 period. Mostly known for his brutalist silver and hard-stone rings, he can be quite impressive at his best moments and that's why his creations have a steady, loyal following not just among loves of vintage Mexican jewelry - his rings attract brutalism lovers as well. Big a...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Pre 1980 item #1425395 (stock #14530)
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Dated for 1972 and signed by Kultaseppa Salovaara Ky of Finland, this sterling silver and rose quartz hinged bangle bracelet epitomizes the less-is-more attitude of Scandinavian design. There is nothing superfluous here - everything serves a purpose and at the same time contributes to the bracelet's serene, confident beauty. Yet I think that the strongest element is the crystalline, soft pink of the rose quartz spheres. The bracelet has an inner circumference of 7 1/4" (clasped) with the three-...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1940 item #1425377 (stock #15016)
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$1,550.00
Dating around 1930, this Mexican Deco Fred Davis necklace in a design that rarely comes up, is an early example of "mixed metals" jewelry. Combining repousse silver with copper wire and then bringing in ripe, saturated color with the amethyst cabs, the necklace is an ode to vineyards and aromatic red wine. Though the brooch of the parure appears in the third edition of Morrill's "Mexican Silver" (p. 28), the necklace is hard to find and I am thrilled to be presenting it here. Beautiful repoussag...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1425255 (stock #15094)
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I am so excited to have discovered this as-sweet-as-can-be Mexican silver shadowbox pendant! My excitement is not due to its excellent craftsmanship - just take a look at the row of figures running the outer perimeter; nor is it because of the beautiful, sparkling gemstone - it registers right on the divide between citrine and spinel but I am calling it a citrine. I am thrilled about this find because usually, this specific sub-genre of Taxco jewelry closely associated with the Los Ballesteros w...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424972 (stock #15056)
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Rows of scrumptious, glistening repousse semi-spheres make up this Mexican Deco sterling silver hinged bracelet. If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite designs from the period. I am obsessed with it and I look for good examples all the time even though it is becoming more and more difficult to come upon them. Of medium width, the example at hand has oxidized recesses and it is amethyst cabs that rest over the first layer of semi-spheres in the front ...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Deco : Pre 1980 item #1424949 (stock #15003)
One Good Eye Silver
$245.00
Gorgeous silver hinged bangle bracelet signed by Topazio of Portugal featuring a repousse "harvest" motif with bunches of mature wheat in rectangular frames. Topazio bracelets are the best of the genre - their designs are crisp and register easily to the eye; the finishing is impeccable and their decorative motifs a joy to behold. I love the octagonal shape on the outer surface, the sense of Deco geometry it adds to the piece and the silky soft patina the bracelet has developed over its long lif...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424940 (stock #14907)
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Classic, early Mexican Deco silver repousse cuff, this is an anonymous yet very well crafted piece. There is an unspoken consensus that this type of bracelets is closely associated with the Mexico City workshops / retailers, the most famous among them being Maciel and Sanborn's. Yet there was a considerable number of maestros making them and the variety in their size and decorative motifs is so rich, one usually happens upon an unexpected example when one least ... expects it! With the cuff at h...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424740 (stock #15058)
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One of the most interesting - and few - female figures of Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commission...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424211 (stock #15040)
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Dashing early modernist Mexican silver and amethyst earrings with the signature of the Los Ballesteros workshop, this set is a variation on the "clamshell" type of jewelry that was so popular with modernist Taxco maestros in the mid- to later 1940s. Having taken their name from the concave, clamshell-like silver platform within which semi-precious and polished hard-stones are housed, this sub-genre of Mexican beauties is characterized by absolute minimalism that is only tempered by the lusciousn...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424093 (stock #15044)
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Early and gorgeous Matilde Poulat sterling silver and coral bracelet in one of her iconic designs, the "paloma". This is classic Matl with the bird rendered in textured repoussage, its wings open, ready to fly away. The dove is surrounded by coral cabochons both bezel- and channel-set while small pieces of branch coral adorn the links of the chain. I find the relative "minimalism" (speaking for Matl, of course) in the use of one stone only quite refreshing and soothing to the eye as opposed to t...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424039 (stock #14718)
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An early Taxco maestro, Manuel Altamirano worked for both Aguilar and Valentin Vidaurreta. With the former, he shares what has come to be known as the "armadillo" parure, out of which you can see here the quite impressive belt buckle. Evocative of the “armor plates” covering the body of the namesake creatures, the buckle's links are graduated in size and adorned with short, flat-topped round appliques. Big and bold, it can be worn easily by either men and women and would look equally stunnin...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1424015 (stock #15046)
One Good Eye Silver
$400.00
Good early Mexican Deco silver repousse jewelry is becoming harder to find - I don't know if it's because there weren't that many to begin with (quite often repoussage from that period seems a little clumsy, the technique needing additional experimenting with) or that at some point their popularity grew so much that they were "scooped up" from the market. Whatever the case, I am thrilled to be presenting this fantastic cuff bracelet with two saturated purple amethyst cabs here. I would call this...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1423877 (stock #15010)
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Though the art of letter writing (not to mention ... writing in general) seems to have been lost to our 21st c. societies, its important part in our cultural heritage is proven by the volumes of famous writers', artists' and politicians' correspondence that inhabit library shelves, and the dusty, yellowed family letters still hidden out of sight in our attics. And then, of course, there are the letter-writing (and reading) "paraphernalia" that have survived and become collectible treasures and d...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1423876 (stock #14897)
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$88.00
One of the few female contributors to Mexico's 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know about, Bernice Goodspeed was also a writer, married to painter Carl Pappe. According to Bille Hougart (Little Book of Mexican Silver, p. 68), the couple ran their own shop in Taxco selling jewelry designed by Goodspeed and other maestros as well as her books and Pappe's artwork. Not as prolific as some of her contemporaries, Bernice's jewelry are well-made and at times quite interesting. Finding a perfume bott...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1950 item #1423847 (stock #14594)
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One of Taxco's early maestros, Jose Luis Flores worked for Aguilar as well as for Emma and Miguel Melendez. Carefully crafted and meticulously finished, his jewelry is often based on creations by his more renowned colleagues yet he can be quite creative and original himself. In my opinion, he is at his best within the realm of modernist design and I believe that the bracelet presented here attests to that. Clever cut-outs, beading and layering combine to shape minimalist "masks" that are then "m...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1423761 (stock #15039)
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Margot de Taxco's design no 5194, her "roses" parure, is one of her most romantic, "feminine" creations. There is something so tactile about the small silver flowers linking together to make up necklaces, bracelets and brooches that brings a certain kind of "first love" warmth to the heart and puts a smile on the face. Quite often combined with hearts and cupids, the "roses" are the quintessentially "lovers' jewelry" motif. The design's appeal seems to have lasted for a long time since most of t...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1980 item #1423664 (stock #15049)
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Imposing presence and a beautiful green stone that I believe is agate combine in this vintage Mexican silver ring by the Los Ballesteros workshop. A mid-century piece in terms of its age, the ring does, however, retain the architecturality that Deco jewelry is known and sought after for. And then, of course, there is that detail of the twist-rope wire delineating the rectangular face - more of a traditional, Spanish Colonial touch but who could ever object to it? Currently a sz 6 US but easily r...