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Art Deco silver and carved Chinese medallions butterfly Pin Brooch

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Big and beautifully colored Art Deco sterling silver brooch that brings together three old Chinese medallions carved in the shape of a butterfly and lotus flowers. When I first saw this piece, I thought the translucent white butterfly medallion to be quartz while the smaller, cabochon-shaped floral carvings amethyst yet all three register in the jadeite area on my, very basic admittedly, Presidium gem tester. Definitely an early 20th c. brooch as attested to by the clasp’s pin that protrudes beyond the sterling frame, this is a very airy piece, its delicate lightness enhanced by the subtle colors in the stones and the winged creature it represents…   Size/Weight: 2 5/8″ long by 1″ wide; 15.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING”; first decades of 20th c. Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful colors in the carved medallions that are free of chips,...

modernist Mexican silver copper figural Brooch and Earrings set ~ Taxco mixed metals

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Definitely bought as a set yet signed by two different makers the figural brooch and matching earrings at hand combine silver with copper , overlay and cut-outs, oxidation and wirework ornamentation. Modernist in its rendition of an ancient warrior or priest, the design, if I am not mistaken, can be found with the Los Castillo or Victoria’s signature on it as well yet here it is made by listed but “less celebrated” maestros. What I like about this demi is not just its careful crafting and generous weight – this is not a cheaply made copy – but also the wonderful patina the metals have acquired over time…   Size/Weight: brooch is 2 7/8″ tall by 1 3/4″ wide (at its widest); earrings are 1 3/8″ tall by 3/4″ wide; 36.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: brooch is signed with maker’s initials “MPO” as well as...

Hector Aguilar Taller Borda Mexican silver repousse Pin Brooch

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Vintage 1940s Hector Aguilar silver repousse floral brooch in what I believe to be a squash blossom design which might even have been created by Valentin Vidaurreta. There are several variations of the motif that can be found in various sizes and weights – during the short period in the 1940s when Coro had their jewelry made in Aguilar’s workshop due to the war restrictions, brooches like this albeit lighter were also made for the American market and stamped with Coro’s Mexican hallmark. The example at hand, however, bears Aguilar’s Taller Borda hallmark…   Size/Weight:3 1/8″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; 23.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Aguilar’s Taller Borda initials as shown as well as “STERLING” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; please note that although original to the piece from what I can tell, the pin seems to be...

Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Pin Brooch

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Classy Mexican Deco silver and amethyst brooch signed by Fred Davis, there is something about the sculpturality of this piece that makes me think it might be a Valentin Vidaurreta design. It is not just the specific shape the amethyst flowers have been carved in that can be seen in signed Vidaurreta jewelry, it is mostly the bewitching rotundness of the silver bud that makes me think so. The epitome of Mexico City 1930s design in which it’s not the multitude or complexity of elements that creates the aesthetic impact but the perfection in execution and, quite often, the scale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall by 2 1/4″ wide; 28.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Davis’s initials as shown as well as “SILVER MEXICO”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with patina to die for, impressive sculptural quality, gorgeous stones with no damage and no...

ornate Prose Mexican silver and amethyst starburst Pin / Brooch

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Nicely cast and rich in ornamental details the Mexican starburst brooch presented here is signed by ProSa and cast in sterling silver. The star is slightly convex and its six rays have a lace-like quality, their point of convergence marked by an oval amethyst cabochon, full of inclusions that glisten when the light hits them. Perfect as a brooch, it wouldn’t be difficult to have it converted to a pendant as well so you can enjoy it with your favorite chain… Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ in diameter; 15.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as des. no 7280 and Eagle 5 assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with no damage or repairs noted, very nice detail in the elaborate casting, with a beautiful stone and nice patina   Offered at $115.00 Contact us about this...

4″ Los Castillo Mexican Deco silver Pin Brooch ~ Taxco repousse fern leaf

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