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big Mexican Deco silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ berries on a branch

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

I love these Mexican Deco “berries-on-a-branch” brooches! They are big and impressive and the berries come in different colors depending on the kind of agate used. I am always on the look-out for the best examples, the ones in which the silver branches are hefty and interestingly entwined and the berries made of good quality stone, rich in striations and color-variation. Admittedly a piece that requires a winter garment – it would be too heavy for a delicate silk blouse – yet one that would also look fabulous as a small work of art on your dressing table…   Size / Weight: 3 1/4″ wide by 3″ tall; 61.1 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO SILVER”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage, with juicy, semi-translucent agate beads full of interesting striations and nice color variation, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted...

huge Mexican Deco silver repousse Pin Brooch ~ Matl style double rose with amethyst

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By definition romantic and delicate flowers in Mexican silver jewelry have a distinctly powerful presence that attracts the eye and holds the gaze captive. And when a piece is wrought in the Mexico City style of repoussage like the brooch at hand, those floral motifs acquire an earthy fleshiness that defies all notions of fragility and helplessness – just like the independent, daring female of the Deco revolution! The execution of the double roses in this pin reminds me a lot of the way Matilde Poulat treated her roses yet the tell-tale chasing is more discrete here and limited to the outer row of petals while the rest of the flowers as well as the thorny stems and leaves are more in line with Taxco’s version of the technique…   Size/Weight: 3 5/8″ tall by 3″ wide; 35.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “MEXICO SILVER”; 1930s-40s Condition:...

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...

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...

Finn Jensen Norway silver gilt and green enamel lily pad Pin Brooch

By in Pins/brooches, US/European |

I love Scandinavian design and especially the amazing jewelry that came out of that part of Europe so if you combine that with my weakness for any kind of enamel work, it is understandable that I am thrilled to be presenting here a gorgeous pin by Finn Jensen of Norway. In the shape of a lily pad the pin is wrought in gilded sterling and boasts the most translucent, glistening, perfect green enamel. There is something magical about this brooch as if it has the ability to transport you in the deep, luscious forests of an old fairy tale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 1 1/2″ tall; 14.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with Finn Jensen’s logo as well as “NORWAY STERLING” and “925S”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with flawless, shimmering enamel in one of the most amazing greens I have seen, a warmly mellowed gilding that is more obvious on...

Mexican Deco silver carved amethyst hand and tulip Pin Brooch

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Possibly the most “classic” in the Mexican Deco jewelry design index, the “hand and tulip” is steeped in the Spanish Colonial tradition and in its 20th c. revival closely associated with William Spratling. Beloved in the Victorian era, the specific design seems to enjoy timeless appeal on both sides of the Atlantic and in its Mexican version instead of a rose, the hand proffers a carved amethyst tulip. Executed en repoussage and anonymous in our case, it ends in an ornate “lace” cuff that seems to be emerging from a sea of satin ribbon…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ long by 1 3/8″ wide (at the ribbon part); 20.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with a big, rich purple carved amethyst, very nicely executed repoussage, with no damage in the stone nor the silver work and...