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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...

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...

Rivera Mexican silver Matl style jeweled Pin Brooch ~ Matilde Poulat palomas design

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Big and gorgeous Mexican Deco silver jeweled brooch signed by Rivera, a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s whose jewelry he masterfully re-created. Rivera’s level of workmanship, his choice of materials and his attention to detail is such that it elevated his jewelry to worthy alternatives to Matl’s original creations. Whether he worked for her or not is not sure but I have not seen a piece by him that was not inspired by or directly based on her designs. Here amazing patina has darkened the brooch’s recesses making the vivid blues, greens, purples and corals of the stones pop. The repousse doves are to die for and the dangles add a touch of playfulness to an already celebratory piece…   Size/Weight: 3  1/2″ tall (including the dangles) by 2  5/8″ wide; 26.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HECHO EN...

A. Tobias Deco Mexican silver repouse Pin Brooch ~ dragon with onyx

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A contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s, maestro A. Tobias was based in Mexico City as well and worked in the same style of repoussage that Matl is known for. I have watched his jewelry go up in price over the last ten years as he emulated many of Poulat’s original designs yet his creativity and craftsmanship is evident in his own creations as well. The mythical dragon brooch at hand with its bold, stippled repoussage and the sculptural black onyx stone its body is coiled around is such an example. Great detail, generous proportions, oxidation that combines with patina to bestow an impressive three-dimensionality to the beast. Could this be your Mexican… Game of Thrones dragon?   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ tall by 2 5/8″ wide; 24.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: “A.TOBIAS” as well as “MEXICO STERLING”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage, very...

classic Hector Aguilar 940 Mexican silver Pin Brooch

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Classy Hector Aguilar silver brooch wrought in the maestro’s favorite .940 alloy which is higher in precious metal content than sterling, this piece has a beguiling sculpturality and takes advantage of a rich combination of motifs. Overlapping ribbons, hearts and quatrefoils all run into each other in uninterrupted motion and glow with the warm patina of well-loved silver. One of my favorite Aguilar brooch designs – timelessly elegant and superbly crafted…   Size/Weight: approx. 2″ square; 21.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed as shown; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage with the quality that Aguilar jewelry is known and collected for, great patina that literally glows, no damage or repairs noted     Offered at $385.00 Contact us about this...