rare Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver malachite Olmec mask Pin Brooch

on Nov 19, 2019 in archived

It is a rare occurrence to find a Fred Davis brooch that is inspired by Olmec art and I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. Set in a classically Deco, tiered sterling frame, the “mask” is carved out of malachite that is left unpolished, and fit in its bezel with a band across the forehead keeping it securely in place. The stone has beautiful striations and as you can see, it also had a natural fissure in it that has popped revealing some of the black inclusions in the malachite. Though visible, it bestows the brooch the aura of ancient treasures unearthed after centuries of being hidden from sight rather than mar its serenely austere beauty…


Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall; 17.1 grams

Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1920s-40s

Condition: very good vintage with a rare Olmec-inspired “mask”, gorgeous striations and color in the malachite, great patina, with no damage or repairs noted except for the pop in the stone’s natural fissure that I have discussed above and taken into account in my pricing


SOLD – Thank you!

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