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Matl Matilde Poulat Mexican Deco silver sea horse Pin Brooch

By in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American |

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   Offered at $385.00 Contact...

Antonio Pineda Mexican 970 silver and blue spinel Bracelet

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

Perfect for the crisp, clear days of winter but equally suited to the crystal waters of summer seas this Antonio Pineda Mexican silver and gemstones bracelet is a design that does not surface very often. Easier to wear than some of the maestros heftier creations, it exudes a light-heartedness that lifts the spirits and puts a smile on the face. Wrought in Pineda’s favorite .970 silver alloy the cut-out, raised oval links hug faceted blue spinels in substantial bezel settings. Enjoy it with your favorite jeans and T-shirt or your most elegant black dress – the result will be astounding whatever the occasion…   Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 46.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: Antonio crown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO”, “LOS CASTILLO COOP”, “970”, des. no ZZ816 and Eagle 58 assay mark; 1960s Condition:...

Victor Jaimez for Emma Mexican silver two-sided Pendant Necklace

By in Mexican and Latin American, Necklaces |

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

By in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American |

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...

1950s Nestor Mexican silver modernist Necklace with huge blue spinel

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Fabulous 1950s Mexican silver modernist necklace featuring a huge blue spinel nestled in a raised crown setting that maximizes the effect of light on the brilliance of the faceted gem. Signed by Nestor, a listed Taxco maestro whose early work probably starts in the pre-1948 period but whose creativity continued into the 1950s at least, this is the second necklace by him that I consider myself lucky of offering this year. I cannot say much about the creator’s life and days – the frustrating lack of information about so many silversmiths and designers from that period applies to him too, unfortunately. What I can contribute, based on my experience, is that he seems to have tried his hand at several styles and techniques, including the combination of metales casados and mozaico. Yet I consider his modernist jewelry, always wrought in thick gauge sterling sheet and quite often...

huge Los Ballesteros / Cheo Mexican silver Pendant Necklace ~ sunburst with amethyst

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In keeping with the love the 1960s and ’70s had for huge, “ethnic” pendants this Los Ballesteros sterling silver sunburst stunner is inspired by ancient Aztec and Maya calendar disks and measures 3.5 in without the bail! Several silversmithing techniques were combined to create the pendant – cutwork, chasing, overlay, oxidation – and right at the center, a crown-set amethyst brings intense color to an otherwise silver and black background. The chain itself is an incredible find not just because it is the perfect match in terms of heft and proportions to the pendant but primarily because it is a signed Cheo piece. Cheo jewelry are not found very often and they can vary significantly in quality but when one stumbles upon a good example of their work, it is an occasion to celebrate. All the more so if the discovery is a thick, hand-wrought sterling chain...