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rare Enrique Ledesma Mexican silver modernist Bracelet ~ Taxco neo Aztec design

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

A rare Enrique Ledesma design this bracelet, at least for me, re-affirms its maker’s incredible ability to breathe modernist life in ancient motifs and re-create them in such a way as to seamlessly allow the past to integrate into and inform the present and future. I was very surprised to find Ledesma’s signature on this piece – even though I have in the past sold variations of the specific design in bracelet and ring form (I even have a necklace available in the store as I am writing), I never knew that it could be an original Ledesma creation. In comparison to those pieces here the scale is smaller – Ledesma is known for his love for petite size jewelry – but his hand is evident in the jagged cut outs, the complex layering and beaded accents, the ingenious use of shadowbox construction. It all makes sense now and it all combines in a stunning neo-Aztec...

Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Necklace, Bracelet and Brooch set

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces, Pins/brooches |

For the lovers of Fred Davis’s design genius, an almost full parure comprised of sterling silver repousse necklace, bracelet and brooch adorned with big amethyst cabochons. It is such a treat to come upon sets that have stayed together all these years and I am happy to say that all pieces in this one bear Davis’s signature, which is usually not the case with his parures. Fleshy, confident repoussage, amazing variety in the color and inclusions of the stones, and generous length with the necklace make this a real treasure to be loved, enjoyed and duly appreciated…   Size/Weight: necklace is 17  1/2” long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes just a tad roomier, maybe 17  3/4”); central part with amethysts is 6” wide with a drop of 2”; 103.1 grams; bracelet is 7  1/4” long by 1  5/8” wide; 87.4 grams; brooch is 2  5/8” wide by 1  7/8” tall; 33.3 grams Hallmarks /...

early Matilde Poulat Mexican silver “paloma” Bracelet ~ rare Matl cuff

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

  Stunning Matilde Poulat bracelet in her signature “Paloma” design yet in a rare for Matl cuff form. It is getting rather difficult to find such early examples of Matilde’s work as both collectors and discerning well-dressers are on the look out for her jewelry. Here, as with all Matilde pieces, the craftsmanship is of the highest quality. The repoussage is strong and pronounced, executed with the unique boldness and attention to detail that can only be found in Poulat’s early works. Please note the way the cuff has been constructed – the bird is not simply applied onto the cuff; the two parts are “melded” together, as the cuff in effect provides the repousse bird with its back and has been hand-cut to absolutely follow the “paloma’s” contour. A veritable collector’s pride and an extremely rare early Matilde Poulat...

early Los Ballesteros Mexican silver polka dot Bracelet with black lucite

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Massive Los Ballesteros “polka dot” hinged bangle bracelet, this is an iconic, published design for the famous Taxco workshop. True to the spirit of the early modernism of the 1940s, the dots are here made of black lucite and they are in great shape, lustrous and seamlessly laid into the silver. Definitely a bracelet with a huge “bang” factor, sought after by collectors of both Mexican silver and lucite jewelry…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ inner circumference (clasped; 2  1/4″ inside diameter); width between 1  3/8″ and 7/8″; 123.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “STERLING 925” and “HECHO EN MEXICO”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with normal, expected signs of wear, no repairs noted and a sturdy clasp   Offered at $575.00 Contact us about this...

antique Chinese silver gilt wedding Bracelet with carved pai gow tiles cricket, phoenix and dragon symbols

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Antique, late 19th or early 20th c, I believe, Chinese wedding bracelet wrought in gilded silver with three figural carved pai gow tile panels set in raised bezels. The panels are almost identical and feature symbols that are auspicious to newlyweds, namely a cricket, a dragon and a phoenix. The silver frame is beautifully worked with intricate cut-outs and repousse prunus flowers. I think the tiles are made of cow bone that has beautifully mellowed over the years thus adding to the sculpturality of the carvings and the same is the case with the gilding. Precious indeed…   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/4″ and 5/8″; 46.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CHINA SILVER”; late 19th – opening decades of 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with great patina in both the silver and the bone, quite ornate and nicely carved, with some small...

early Deco Georg Jensen sterling silver Bracelet des. no 3

By in Bracelets, US/European |

An early Deco example of Georg Jensen’s design #3 bracelet, this piece was made in the late 1920s-early 1930s as indicated by the combination of hallmarks that it bears. Executed in all-silver, its floral and foliate links have the sculptural quality that Jensen jewelry is known and collected for, accentuated by the wonderful patina that developed over the bracelet’s long life…   Size/Weight: 7  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that date in the late 1920s-early 1930s period Condition: very good vintage with no unsightly damage nor any repairs, just a minor impression on the topmost beads of two links – hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not offensive at all.   Offered at $950.00 Contact us about this...