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Italian Deco silver and chrysoprase Pin / Brooch Pendant ~ Peruzzi style Renaissance Revival

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Not signed for maker nor place of origin yet undoubtedly an Italian piece from the opening decades of the 20th c. this big, bold, ornate combination pin/pendant displays the quality and attention to detail signed Peruzzi pieces from the same period are known and sought after for. The delicate wirework of the cruciform body is so carefully finished and the beaded accents around the bezel-set stone perfect. The chrysoprase cab itself, magically translucent, looks like a piece of old-fashioned mint candy. I am at a loss as to why the maker did not sign such a delicate, gorgeous creation. Wear it as a pin or combine it with your favorite vintage chain to enjoy as a spectacular necklace…   Size/Weight: 2 1/2″ tall (without the bail) by 2″ wide; with the bail it will add a 2 3/4″ drop to your chain; 22.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for...

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

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

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:...

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...

Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver and amethyst Pin Brooch

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

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

By in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches |

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...