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1940s Hector Aguilar Mexican silver floral Pin Brooch

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Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s’ love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and a cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment…   Size / Weight: 3 1/4″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide; 21.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the 1940-45 period Condition: excellent vintage with patina that hasn’t been disturbed in years (you can always polish to a higher sheen), sculptural and perfectly finished, with no damage or repairs noted – an Aguilar classic! Inv.#14769  ...

Los Castillo pluma Azteca Mexican Pin Brooch ~ Quetzalcoatl

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Silver-plated as is the case with most of the Los Castillo “pluma Azteca” jewelry, holloware and decorative objects this big brooch depicts Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. Big, bold and beautiful, the creature poses confidently, well aware of its awe-inspiring, divine presence. The feathers are here open-faced yet protected on the back by the piece’s frame. They are intact and their colors still vibrant but for the white residue of old cleaning liquid that a previous owner used to polish the brooch…   Size / Weight: 2  3/4″ long by 1  1/2″ tall; 18.9 grams (for reference only since there is no precious metal here) Hallmarks / Date: “LOS CASTILLO TAXCO”, “PLUMA AZTECA”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and des. no 1 or 7 (?); I would suggest pre-1948 based on the low design no...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver minimalist Pin Brooch

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I look at this Sigi Pineda brooch and I see pine trees frosted with snow, dancing to the tunes of cold winter winds in a Nordic forest. I am sure that others out there will see something else – and this is the magic of minimalist, abstract design; the magic of Sigi when he is truly inspired. I will say no more hoping that my photos will help illustrate your dreamscapes…   Size / Weight: 2″ tall by 1 1/8″ at its widest: 8.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Sigi’s signature as shown as well as “Tasco” (sic), des. no 357 and Eagle 36 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with a strong sense of motion in the design, great patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#15165   ON HOLD – please inquire! Contact us about this...

6″ Mexican Deco silver and turquoise quetzal Pin Brooch

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Huge, proud and absolutely secure in its exotic beauty, this is one of the biggest quetzal brooches I have seen in the realm of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. An irrefutable statement piece, I can imagine its first owner wearing it on a padded shoulder and basking in the light of the stream of compliments and jealous looks the bird generated. Yet it is not just proportions that attract the eye here – the repoussage is confident and sculptural; the oxidation glorifies the plummage; and please, just note the ingenious way the maestro used hand-etching to differentiate between the big feathers of the wings and tail and the soft, delicate fuzz on the quetzal’s head…   Size / Weight: 6″ tall by 1 1/4″ wide; 26.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “SILVER MEXICO’; pre-1948 Condition:  excellent vintage with stunning presence, patina to die...

set of 2 Mexican Deco silver stone Pins / Brooches ~ Mariachi dancers

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Dancing to the sound of an invisible mariachi band this flamboyant, vivacious Mexican Deco couple is a classic brooch design for the period. One can find several versions of it, quite often with turquoise, but most are smaller and not carefully cast. We usually see them separated from each other, still dancing but each one to their own, solo tune. This time, however, I would love them to stay together as they obviously were meant to be. Those whom the … maestro has joined together, let no one put asunder…   Size / Weight: 2 5/8″ tall by 1 7/8″ wide (for the female figure) and 3″ tall by 1 3/4″ wide (for the male dancer); 49.6 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: both marked “SILVER MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, good definition in the casting and wonderfully green cabs (some kind of agate or even...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse figural Pin Brooch ~ Thai goddess

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Serene in her deep meditative state, this vintage Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver repousse “goddess” brooch is undoubtedly inspired by the Los Castillo / Margot de Taxco “Thai dancers” parure. Though the necklace and bracelet of that design do come up from time to time, I have never seen a full-blown pin and I am excited for this discovery. Meticulously worked, the repoussage is detailed and crisp with the oxidation that has developed in the recesses rendering it more sculptural. To my eyes, the figure looks androgynous, quietly eschewing the divide between male and female, and it glows with the patina of a well-loved, well-taken-care-of yet still enjoyed piece of jewelry…   Size / Weight: 3″ tall by 1 3/8″ wide; 19.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s name as shown as well as “STERLING TAXCO” and Eagle 26...