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early Mexican Deco silver and jade masquette Pin Brooch ~ Matl style

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Meticulously worked, with every nook and cranny in the repoussage having acquired a patina that underscores the original oxidation applied by the artist, this Mexico City silver repousse brooch has all the bells and whistles of the style closely associated with Matilde Poulat’s early work. “Mask” jewelry are quite often ignored by the seasoned collector of vintage Mexican silver because “masks” were used in a lot of the cheaply and quickly made pieces that flooded the tourist market at the height of the country’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance. Yet there is “mask jewelry” and then there is the kind of mask jewelry of which an example you see here. No comparison whatsoever and definitely worthy of the best and most aspiring collection…   Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ tall by 1 7/8″ wide; 33.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: “925”...

studio modernist silver, bakelite and black onyx floral Pin Brooch

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Lovely modernist studio made sterling silver floral brooch in a design that combines stylization and naturalist elements while incorporating black onyx and bakelite cabochons. The colors here are magnificent – the freshness of the sage green combines with the mature amber, their richness offset by the glistening black of the onyx. I love the way the artist has crafted the leaves, bending them this way and that; and the beefy tendrils mirror the heftiness of the bezels around the cabs. Spring should be around the corner, shouldn’t it?   Size/Weight: 3 1/8″ long by 2″ tall; 36.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be of sterling quality; the date is a bit challenging to pinpoint but I would suggest 1940s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful colors in the bakelite and patina to die...

Gomez Mexican silver and turquoise moth Pin Brooch ~ Matl style

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Big and bold in its repoussage this early Mexico City style silver and turquoise brooch is signed by maestro Gomez and emulates Matilde Poulat’s coveted “moth” design. Stippling, chasing and oxidation render the design three-dimensional in a most dramatic way, an indication that this is an early example of this type of repoussage. There is nothing about it I don’t love – the patina, the beautiful color in the turquoise and its rich veining. A classic Mexico City brooch by one of the best maestros in the so-called “Matl school”…   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ wide by 1 5/8″ tall; 17.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “MEXICO STERLING”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with the silversmith’s journey on the piece dramatically obvious, with the patina you want to see on a piece of this...

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

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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...

bold Mexican Deco silver amethyst grapes and leaves Pin Brooch, Taxco mixed metals

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Big, bold and beautiful this vintage Deco Mexican repousse grapes and leaves brooch combines silver and copper and as a mixed metals piece, it has a special place in my heart! I love the marrying of the “colder” glow of sterling with the warm, molten beauty of copper and here the two metals look enamored of each other. And if this is not enough, there are the three grape dangles – curvaceous, chubby amethyst cabs set in sterling that covers the back of the stones as well. Resistance is futile…   Size/Weight: 2 7/8″ tall (including the dangles) by 2 3/4″ wide; 37.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “SILVER MADE IN MEXICO”; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage, very unusual in the addition of the “grape” dangles, with very nice repoussage and great patina, no damage and no repairs noted   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us...

ca 1900 Bernhard Hertz Denmark skonvirke silver and agate Pin Brooch ~ Scandinavian Art Nouveau

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Superbly crafted, a ca 1900 Danish skonvirke silver brooch adorned with blue and green jasper signed by Bernhard Hertz, one of the best, early Scandinavian Art Nouveau designers. I am at a loss as to what to talk about first! Skonvirke jewelry has something very magical about it – I don’t know if it’s the softly sculptural beauty each piece has that reminds me of ancient, moss-covered forest floors or the almost pulsating repoussage that embraces the stones in the most ginger, delicate way. Here it is not only the generous size that makes this brooch irresistible, it’s the patina and the wonderful color of the jasper – blue and green for the cabs and dyed dark lapis for the dangle. Art Nouveau at its most enchanting…   Size/Weight: 3 1/4″ tall (including the dangle) by 2 7/8″ wide; 28.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully hallmarked as shown...