An early maestro about whom we don’t really know much, Abraham Tobias is known for his Mexico City style repousse jewelry which, more often than not, follow in the design paths opened by Matilde Poulat. It seems, however, that he also excelled in the crafting of stunning cuff bracelets, a form usually associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s. The example at hand is characterized by its graduated width and the fantastic patina that makes the raised surfaces of the repoussage glow against the heavily stippled and textured background. The stone, a huge oval dyed calcite habitually referred to among collectors as “Mexican jade” has beautiful, vibrant color variation and brings an unexpected yet welcome freshness to the heavily oxidized sterling frame…
Size/Weight: just shy of 7″ in inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; relatively adjustable yet I would advise caution if attempting to adjust so as not to dislodge the stone nor damage the repoussage); width between 2 1/4″ and 1 1/2″; 61.1 grams
Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as shown as well as “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s
Condition: very good vintage, wrought out of thick silver sheet that has protected the repoussage from dings and dents, with a wonderful patina that makes the relief work more dramatic, featuring a big, boldly colored stone; no unsightly damage and no repairs, just a tiny little impurity( a small area of matrix?) in the stone that popped revealing the lighter surface below it
ON HOLD – please inquire!