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Mexican Deco silver and amethyst multi-row beaded Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Rows of scrumptious, glistening repousse semi-spheres make up this Mexican Deco sterling silver hinged bracelet. If you follow One Good Eye Silver, you know that this is one of my absolute favorite designs from the period. I am obsessed with it and I look for good examples all the time even though it is becoming more and more difficult to come upon them. Of medium width, the example at hand has oxidized recesses and it is amethyst cabs that rest over the first layer of semi-spheres in the front “wing”. Securely clasped around the wrist with an old type yet very tight pin clasp, this is the kind of bracelet that will never fail to attract attention… Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 1 3/8″ wide; 58.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MEXICO”; 1920s-40s Condition: excellent vintage – I don’t even see any dings in...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Aztec Rose Cuff Bracelet

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Classic, early Mexican Deco silver repousse cuff, this is an anonymous yet very well crafted piece. There is an unspoken consensus that this type of bracelets is closely associated with the Mexico City workshops / retailers, the most famous among them being Maciel and Sanborn’s. Yet there was a considerable number of maestros making them and the variety in their size and decorative motifs is so rich, one usually happens upon an unexpected example when one least… expects it! With the cuff at hand, however, we stay within the confines of the so-called “iconic motif”, the “Aztec Rose”, well-loved and ever-present in Mexican jewelry of the 1920s-40s that betrayed a strong “folk” influence…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/16″ gap; relatively adjustable yet I would advise to have a jeweler re-shape...

masterful Doris Mexican Deco silver repousse floral Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

One of the most interesting – and few – female figures of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commissioned work from the best Mexican maestros. Often signed “Corpus Artisans” alongside her own signature, Doris’s jewelry exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and finishing and inspired design. The floral necklace presented here illustrates, I believe, the previous statement in the most effective way. The repoussage is fleshy and bold yet doesn’t compromise the...

early Matl Matidle Poulat Mexican silver coral Bracelet ~ paloma

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Early and gorgeous Matilde Poulat sterling silver and coral bracelet in one of her iconic designs, the “paloma”. This is classic Matl with the bird rendered in textured repoussage, its wings open, ready to fly away. The dove is surrounded by coral cabochons both bezel- and channel-set while small pieces of branch coral adorn the links of the chain. I find the relative “minimalism” (speaking for Matl, of course) in the use of one stone only quite refreshing and soothing to the eye as opposed to the riot of colors in the versions with amethyst and turquoise as well…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ long (wearable); width between 1 7/16″ and 7/8″; 38.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Matl’s signature in script as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO D.F.” and “0.925”; 1930-1948 Condition: very good...

early Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet with amethyst

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Good early Mexican Deco silver repousse jewelry is becoming harder to find – I don’t know if it’s because there weren’t that many to begin with (quite often repoussage from that period seems a little clumsy, the technique needing additional experimenting with) or that at some point their popularity grew so much that they were “scooped up” from the market. Whatever the case, I am thrilled to be presenting this fantastic cuff bracelet with two saturated purple amethyst cabs here. I would call this cuff a “transitional” piece with its two “arms” holding close to the traditional cut-work and hand-chasing on flat pieces of silver sheet while the central station with its scrolls and foliate motifs going all the way to full-blown repousse work. We habitually attribute early Mexican jewelry marked “MEXICO SILVER” to Mexico...

rare Bernice Goodspeed Mexican Deco silver Perfume Bottle

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One of the few female contributors to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance that we know about, Bernice Goodspeed was also a writer, married to painter Carl Pappe. According to Bille Hougart (Little Book of Mexican Silver, p. 68), the couple ran their own shop in Taxco selling jewelry designed by Goodspeed and other maestros as well as her books and Pappe’s artwork. Not as prolific as some of her contemporaries, Bernice’s jewelry are well-made and at times quite interesting. Finding a perfume bottle with her signature is a rare occurrence and the one presented here, with its half-moon overlay against an oxidized background and the little splash of color the turquoise topping the dauber offers, is a collector’s dream come true…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ tall by 1 1/4″ wide; 14.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initial “B” surrounded...