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Arte en Plata Mexican modernist silver mixed metals Pendant Necklace

Arte en Plata Mexican modernist silver mixed metals Pendant Necklace


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Mexican: Pre 1950: Item # 1402625

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Operated by the Jacopo brothers, Arte en Plata was a silver store based in Mexico City through which several independent maestros sold their work. There are a few specific designs that I have come to associate with the name over my years of dealing in vintage Mexican jewelry but even though they are characterized by a modernist flair, I had never encountered such a minimalist example as this owl pendant before. Modernism, mixed metals and azur-malachite inlay combine here to create the bird's face with just a couple of ... strokes. Graphic, impressive in its denuded strength, it is paired with a 1980s Mexican sterling neck ring which, I believe, is the perfect way to showcase it. The pendant is 1 3/4" tall (without the bail) by 1 7/8" wide and adds a 2" drop to the neck ring. The neck ring itself is 15 1/2" in inner circumference (including the 2 1/2" gap; adjustable) and the set weighs 25.0 grams (on a postal scale). It is marked with retailer's name on the pendant as shown as well as maker's initials and "TAXCO MEXICO 925" alongside des. no 48. There is also an impressed "B" that looks like one of Bernice Goodspeed's signatures but in the existing literature there is no mention of a connection between Bernice and Arte en Plata so for now this will remain another issue to be explored. The neck ring is marked "TE-26" as well as "925 MEXICO" and the dates are pre-1948 for the pendant while neck ring is from the 1980s. In excellent vintage condition with great patina, a fantastic design and a great combination of metals, rich colors in the azur-malachite inlay and no unsightly damage nor repairs noted.