There is nothing simplistic or facile about Francisco Rivera’s jewelry! A maestro who loved overlay, paid attention to detail and finishing, created pieces that cry out to be held and touched and enjoyed he is, in my opinion, still to be recognized as the talented, inspired silversmith and designer that he was. The koi fish pin at hand, though of medium size, is a feast for the eyes - layering, oxidation, deeply hand chased details and a vivid sense of motion attract one’s gaze and hold it captive. Measuring 1 3/4” wide by 1 1/4” tall the brooch weighs 10.3 grams. It is marked with maker’s conjoined initials as well as “STERLING” and “MEXICO” and dates in the pre-1948 period. In
excellent vintage condition with fantastic patina, perfect finishing and attention to detail, with no damage and no repairs noted.