9″ rare set of 2 William Spratling Mexican Deco tin Candleholders

on Jun 18, 2019 in archived

Rare 1930s matched pair of William Spratling tin candleholders in a towering design embellished with bands of stamped stars and full moons, a scalloped rim and hand-cut tin twist-ribbon collars. Known primarily for their silver jewelry, cutlery and holloware, most of the renowned Taxco workshops engaged in the production of tinware, wood furniture and textiles as well, especially during the first decades of their existence. Collectors are on the look out for examples from those categories because they are more difficult to come upon – they were not necessarily considered a “luxury” or “precious” items and only few of them survived. My excitement at being able to offer this set is understandable then as, I hope, is my decision to offer them in the condition I received them without attempting to clean them or polish out the expected yet minimal spots of rust that developed over the set’s long life…


Size/Weight: 9″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide (the diameter of the base); 541.0 grams (on a postal scale; these are weighted candleholders)

Hallmarks / Date: both pieces signed on the underside of the base with the same combination of hallmarks shown in Bille Hougart’s, Little Book of Mexican Silver (electronic edition), p. 142, plate S-89; 1931-1946

Condition: very good vintage with impressive presence and no damage or repairs noted; there are small spots of expected yet minimal rust here and there on both pieces but according to my research, these can be easily removed with simple household cleaning materials; I decided not to interfere with the set’s patina and its general condition because I feel it’s part of the candleholders’ life story


SOLD – Thank you!

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