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Hector Aguilar Taller Borda Mexican silver repousse Pin Brooch

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Vintage 1940s Hector Aguilar silver repousse floral brooch in what I believe to be a squash blossom design which might even have been created by Valentin Vidaurreta. There are several variations of the motif that can be found in various sizes and weights – during the short period in the 1940s when Coro had their jewelry made in Aguilar’s workshop due to the war restrictions, brooches like this albeit lighter were also made for the American market and stamped with Coro’s Mexican hallmark. The example at hand, however, bears Aguilar’s Taller Borda hallmark…   Size/Weight:3 1/8″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; 23.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Aguilar’s Taller Borda initials as shown as well as “STERLING” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; please note that although original to the piece from what I can tell, the pin seems to be...

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

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Arte en Plata Mexican modernist silver owl Pendant Necklace ~ Taxco mixed metals and mozaico inlay

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Operated by the Jacopo brothers, Arte en Plata was a silver store based in Mexico City through which several independent maestros sold their work. There are a few specific designs that I have come to associate with the name over my years of dealing in vintage Mexican jewelry but even though they are characterized by a modernist flair, I had never encountered such a minimalist example as this owl pendant before. Modernism, mixed metals and azur-malachite inlay combine here to create the bird’s face with just a couple of … strokes. Graphic, impressive in its denuded strength, it is paired with a 1980s Mexican sterling neck ring which, I believe, is the perfect way to showcase it…   Size/Weight: pendant is 1 3/4″ tall (without the bail) by 1 7/8″ wide; it adds a 2″ drop to the neck ring; neck ring itself is 15 1/2″ in inner circumference...

A. Tobias Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ rare figural design

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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...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver hinged Bracelet, sculptural des. no 5243

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One of Margot’s most sculptural creations, this is also a bracelet that one needs to hold and run one’s fingers over its carved beauty in order to fully appreciate it. There are so many elements combined in this design: the Greek key, strategically placed beading, mirrored layered wings, cut-outs. Yet they all come together perfectly, none of them superfluous – the bracelet is tactile, even sexy, if I dare say so, and its weight feels so intimate around the wrist…   Size/Weight: 6.75″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); width between 1 1/4″ and 1/2″; 54.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Margot’s signature as well as des. no 5243 and “MADE IN MEXICO STERLING; I don’t see an Eagle assay mark but I think that’s just an oversight; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage, with the quality of...