Koi fish is a motif automatically associated with Margot de Taxco in Mexican silver jewelry - the Grande Dame's love for Japanese art provided inspiration for many of her designs and those who either worked with her or simply emulated her creations helped the influence live on even after she stopped being active.
The bracelet at hand is a rare find - not only because it's not repousse but consists of links carefully cut out of thick silver sheet but also because the fish are inlaid with shimmering peacock abalone.
Signed "AAR", which has come to be associated with maestro Antonio Reina, this is one of those amazing pieces - exceptionally well made, with very strong design and sense of movement and shell that sends out myriads of metallic flashes in greens, blues and violets. The perfect way to ornament a piece of jewelry with an aquatic theme as this.
Ideal for smaller to medium wrists the bracelet is 6 1/2" long (wearable) by 1 1/16" wide. It weighs 49.4 grams and is signed with maker's initials "AAR" as shown as well as "HECHO EN MEXICO 925" and "STERLING TAXCO". Dating in the pre-1948 period and in excellent vintage condition.