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Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver modernist hinged Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Unadulterated commitment to minimalism – this is the statement this Antonio Pineda modernist bracelet makes. I have sold this specific design a couple of times in the past but its unpretentious beauty never fails to impress me. Wrought in the maestro’s favorite .970 alloy, it has had a long, happy life and is now waiting for its next caretaker…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (clasped); just shy of 1″ wide; 110.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Antonio’s crown, “SILVER 970”, des. no ZZ 833 and Eagle 17 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: very good vintage with beautiful patina, no damage or repairs noted but with two most imperceptible, light, very small impressions in one of the wings – they are not readily noticeable yet I am mentioning it for accuracy and their existence is reflected in my...

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

It is a rare occurrence to find a Fred Davis brooch that is inspired by Olmec art and I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. Set in a classically Deco, tiered sterling frame, the “mask” is carved out of malachite that is left unpolished, and fit in its bezel with a band across the forehead keeping it securely in place. The stone has beautiful striations and as you can see, it also had a natural fissure in it that has popped revealing some of the black inclusions in the malachite. Though visible, it bestows the brooch the aura of ancient treasures unearthed after centuries of being hidden from sight rather than mar its serenely austere beauty…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/4″ tall; 17.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with Fred Davis’s conjoined initials as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and three pearls modernist Ring

By in Mexican and Latin American, Rings/earrings |

Antonio Pineda’s fine silver and pearl jewelry are among my most favorite by the renowned Taxco designer. I consider pearls to be the epitome of elegance and when they adorn modernist settings, they magically bequeath some of that timeless classy luster to their minimalist frame. There are three pearls here, graduated in size, nested closely together against an oxidized channel that makes their soft glistening more pronounced. Perfection…   Size/Weight: sz 7.75 US (could be resized if you don’t mind losing part of the hallmarks yet not the Antonio crown); face is 7/8″ by 5/16″ at its widest; 11.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Antonio’s crown as shown as well as “970”, “HECHO EN MEXICO”, and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful glowing color in the pearls, their nacre intact, nice...

modernist Mexican silver and jasper “crouching man” hinged Bracelet – Teran design

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

A very rare design to find in the form of a bracelet the “crouching man” was originally designed by Taxco’s foremost modernist, Salvador Teran, and in my opinion, it is one of the most successful re-interpetations of an ancient motif within the design vernacular of the 1950s-60s. The fact that it’s so difficult to find with Teran’s signature drives prices high up and makes examples by different makers sought after as well. The hinged bracelet I am presenting here is made by a Taxco maestro whose work I appreciate for its quality. I have had copies of Teran’s work by this silversmith in the past and I have to say that they come very close to the originals. So much so that quite often they are attributed to Teran himself, which is, of course, a mistake. Holding a polished green jasper close to his heart, our man seems quite intent at not letting go,...

Gerardo Lopez Mexican silver Aztec glyphs Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

Inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya glyphs and stamps this Mexican silver necklace by Gerardo Lopez combines figural overlay with niello to create an eye-catching example of Taxco’s “archeological” style. Birds of prey, warriors, the divine monkey Ozomahtli and, of course, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, are represented in the trapezoid links, the actual figures glistening against the sterling backdrop’s metallic black. A great example of Gerardo’s attention to detail and uncompromising craftsmanship…   Size/Weight: 15 1/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 91.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “STERLING .925” and “TAXCO” alongside Eagle 26 assay mark; the safety chain that comes with the necklace is sterling as well except for the spring ring that must be a...

6″ Reveriano Castillo Reveri Mexican silver centipede Pin Brooch

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

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