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Plateros early Sigi Pineda Mexican silver Pin Brooch ~ mod guitarist

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An early example of Sigi Pineda’s minimalist work, this figural brooch was made shortly after the maestro ventured out on his own by opening his first shop called “Plateros” in 1952. Taken down to the barest of bones the form of the guitarist is here delineated by the brooch’s raised rim, the whiteness of the silver dramatically contrasting with the musician’s oxidized body. There is nothing excessive here yet the eye can translate the image as easy as breeze and the result is powerful as all good minimalist design is…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ tall by 2″ wide; 11.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Sigi’s early “PLATEROS” mark as well as “TAXCO” and “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO”; though there is no Eagle assay mark, the brooch must date in the years right after 1952, when “Plateros” was...

Rancho Alegre Mexican silver zodiac Charm Bracelet ~ figural abalone inlay

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Bearing the signature of Rancho Alegre whose founder, Pedro Perez, worked as shop manager for William Spratling, this vintage Mexican silver zodiac charm bracelet was crafted by a listed yet still unidentified maker. Known for its high quality jewelry commissioned from some of the best Taxco maestros, Rancho Alegre opened its doors to the public in 1956 and stayed in business until 1985. Though zodiac jewelry were a favorite sub-genre within the world of Mexican silver jewelry with examples made by renowned and less celebrated makers alike, this specific version with its figural abalone inlay is more difficult to find. Formed by two rows of cushion-shaped hollow links, it has beaded accents on the link connectors and its disk charms represent all twelve astrological signs…   Size/Weight: 7 3/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide (including the drop of the charms); 49.1...

Matl Matilde Poulat Mexican Deco silver sea horse Pin Brooch

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Dating around the middle of Matilde Poulat’s career, this sterling repousse brooch exhibits the tell-tale texturing and beading that characterizes her silver-work and is adorned with bezel-set turquoise and red coral. Poulat’s inspiration quite often originated in the natural environment with doves, owls, flowers, fish and, in our case, a sea horse featured in her jewelry. Evocative of the tranquility of deep sea waters, this little creature will put a smile on your face every day of the week…   Size/Weight: just shy of 2″ tall by 1 1/8″ wide; 8.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked as shown with Matl’s signature in script as well as one of her circular marks; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with nice patina, a sweet size and all its stones present and accounted for; no damage and no repairs noted   Inv.#13267   SOLD – Thank you!...

Victor Jaimez for Emma Mexican silver two-sided Pendant Necklace

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Made by Victor Jaimez for Emma Melendez this amazing two-sided Mexican silver pendant necklace will come to you with its original, hand-made chain. Maestro Jaimez worked for Spratling at Las Delicias and when Emma opened her own workshop / retail shop in 1953, he started creating jewelry for her as well. I don’t know if it’s the patina that makes this pendant so tactile or if it is the effortless way the motifs on its two sides complement each other yet I find it irresistible. The light sage green of the stone inlay is soothing to the eye while the contrast between the glistening abstract sterling overlay and the black oxidized background is stunning…   Size/Weight: pendant is 2  1/4″ tall (without the bail) by 1  7/8″ wide and adds a 2  3/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 20 1/2″ long; 48.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed for both Jaimez...

Erika Hult de Corral Ric Mexican silver modernist Bracelet with tiger’s eye

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One of the few female designers we know of in Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance and a gifted modernist at that, Erika Hult de Corral created jewelry that attracts the eye and captures one’s imagination. I am particularly fond of her “moonscape” designs that touch upon biomorphic brutalism, if you allow me the combination, yet the sense of unimpeded, fluid motion and the abstraction present in this particular bracelet reflect, in my opinion, one of her best moments. The wide looping sterling ribbon forming each link creates shadows that lend depth to the silver-work while the molten gold, brown and caramel hues in the tiger’s eye teardrops make the metal glisten as it reflects them…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide; 71.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with de Corral’s “Ric” signature in script as...

antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt Ring with carnelian, seed pearls and enamel

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There is a distinctly Baroque air, I think, in antique Austro-Hungarian jewelry from around the turn of the 20th c. that I find very attractive. The silver gilt ring I am presenting here is intricately layered and pierced with floral and scroll motifs as well as beading and it houses a beautiful carnelian cabochon flanked by two seed pearls. Nestled in red enameled flowers, the pearls have a rich grayish luster that blends perfectly with the mellowed old vermeil. I will finish by drawing your attention to the decorative motifs where the shank meets the gallery and the ornamentation on the back of the setting…   Size/Weight: sz 7 US (easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 7/8 N-S and E-W; 11.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be solid silver of at least .800 purity (which is the case with most...