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Jose Anton Mexican Deco silver repousse Pin Brooch, mozaico azteca inlay

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  Jose Anton is the Taxco maestro who created the Mexican Deco silver repousse brooch I am presenting here. A well-listed, early contributor to Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Anton is known for his prowess at the art of repoussage and his magical way of incorporating semi-precious stones in his jewelry. Here, however, he follows in the direction of the Los Castillo workshop and embellishes his oval “story-telling” pin with a band of azur-malachite inlay in the “Mozaico Azteca” style. I can almost feel the tiredness of the campesino couple as they return home after a day of back-breaking work in the fields hoping for a warm meal and a restful night…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 1 1/2″ tall; 18.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: “ANTON” and “STERLING TAXCO”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with a very evocative...

rare Lico Mexican Deco silver repousse Necklace

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  An early Mexican maestro ( or workshop) about whom we don’t really know much other than that they worked both before and after 1948, Lico is one of those makers whose work does not come up often. I have had a few pieces with that signature in the past and they have been bold, big examples of very good repoussage. Here the scale is a little tamer than what I am used to with Lico jewelry but it results in a necklace that is as much a pleasure to look at as it is easy to wear. Longer than most Taxco chokers of this period, it can easily be lengthened with the addition of a sterling extension which I will be more than happy to provide, should you need it…   Size/Weight: 15 3/4″ long (wearable; once clasped it becomes a little roomier at just shy of 16″; easily lengthened to 20″ with a sterling extension that I can provide); 3/4″ wide; 52.5 grams...

sculptural Mexican Deco silver and agate leaf Pin Brooch, great fall colors

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I love brooches and this Mexican Deco carved leaf is simply divine. I find the carving so enticingly tactile – you just want to run your fingers along the curves, the dips and rises is the stone. And what about that color? The stone is semi-translucent and the light that passes through it bestows a lightness upon it that is not a quality stones are usually associated with. This could be a leaf in those magic maples lining that have turned amber red in my home town…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide; 31.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “SILVER MEXICO”; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with beautifully sculptural carving in the stone, amazing color, strong presence, with no unsightly damage nor any repairs except for a couple of expected tiny flea-bites around the stone’s edges that are only visible upon very close inspection with a...

set of 2 Los Castillo Mexican silver repousse rooster Pins / Brooches

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Vintage set of two Los Castillo sterling silver repousse pins / brooches in a figural design that is so … Mexico! I love the detail in the roosters’ plummage and their luscious tails as well as the attitude evident in their expressions. Fun to wear, I got them together and I believe they need to stay with one another…   Size/Weight: approx. 1 7/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 22.4 grams (for the pair) Hallmarks / Date: both pieces are fully hallmarked with the taller’s early straight capitals signature as well as “TAXCO STERLING”, “MADE IN MEXICO” and des. no 168; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with very good workmanship and detail in the repoussage, great patina, a fun design and no damage or repairs noted     ON HOLD – please inquire! Contact us about this...

classic Mexican Deco silver and “jade” bead Necklace

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Habitually referred to as “Mexican jade” the green stone beads in this early Deco necklace are in fact dyed calcite. They are alternated with hand-made sterling beads to form a classy, timelessly elegant choker that, in our case, is also generous enough in length. I love the color variation in the striations of the stone and the tell-tale signs of the silversmith’s hand as he worked the silver beads. All strung on metal chain (it could be silver but I don’t have enough space to properly test), all of the same diameter more or less, all in excellent condition…   Size/Weight: 17 1/8″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier approx. 17 5/8″); diameter of silver beads 1/2″; diameter of stone beads slightly bigger or similar; 82.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “SILVER MEXICO”; 1920s-30s Condition: excellent...

Carmen Beckmann Mexican silver and amethyst modernist Necklace

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I love looking for good examples designed by the few Ladies of Taxco that we know of. And Carmen Beckmann is one of my favorite, especially because she was not afraid to experiment with different styles. The sterling necklace at hand is modernist, very frugal in its design elements, almost Machine Age – but then there is the lusciousness of that deep purple in the amethyst cabochons. Strong presence, good weight, great stones, wear it with jeans or with your little black dress, the result will be always stunning…   Size/Weight: 16 1/2″ long (wearable; once clasped it becomes a little roomier, maybe by a 1/4″ or so); 11/16″ wide; 88.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature, as shown, as well as “MEXICO STERLING”; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with bold geometric presence, great patina, strong color in all the stones, no damage...