From the earlier part of Matilde Poulat's magically creative career this set of silver and red coral earrings is characterized by her textured wirework, beading and bezel-set stones. Almost understated when compared to Matl's usually bold designs, it reminds me of inverted question marks. I love the classic elegance and the way the dark patina of the silver makes the saturated color of the cabs pop. The earrings are 1 1/2" tall by 1" wide and weigh 11.5 grams (for the set). They are signed with maker's signature in script but not hallmarked for metal content. They have been, however, tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .900 purity though they are most probably sterling. The set dates in the pre-1948 period and is in excellent vintage condition with strong yet not overwhelming presence, great patina and rich color in the coral, with no damage and no repairs noted.