One of the Mexico City maestros active in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Abraham Tobias was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and he created jewelry in the so-called Mexico City style repousse. Many of his pieces are based on Matl originals and admittedly the boldness and quality of his repoussage is very very close to, if not often en par with, Matilde’s own. Tobias excelled in the crafting of cuff bracelets as well – one can find them in various widths, usually boasting spectacular “Aztec Roses”. The example I am presenting here, however, is a figural one, quite rare, and generously wide as well. Is it a priest we are looking at, sitting cross-legged, a bead necklace around his neck, looking immersed in prayer? The sky is the limit of the imagination…
Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; relatively adjustable but I would advise asking the help of you jeweler, should you need to open it up a bit more); 2 7/8″ wide; 69.1 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as well as “STERLING: 1930s-40s
Condition: excellent vintage with a great figural, quite rare design, very nice repoussage wrought in thick gauge silver sheet which has protected it from dings / dents over the years, fantastic patina, quite impressive in width, with no damage and no repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!