Just shy of 3″ long, this Mexican Deco silver brooch is an example of the Mexico City style in which Matilde Poulat excelled. It is signed by “CEL”, one of the best, in my opinion, “less celebrated” maestros who created jewelry in that same style, the pin proves that quality and attention to detail does not always require a “big” signature. Steeped in the country’s rich culture with obvious the influence of Spanish Colonial design, it represents a more “folky” rendition of the classic giardinetto motif popular in Europe since the end of the 17th c.. Here the “little garden” is represented by a basket brimming with turquoise flowers and topped by a festive bow, that too accented with turquoise and coral. Beading, scrolls, wire-work and an articulated lower part add playfulness and more color to an already exuberant piece…
Size/Weight: 2 7/8″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide; 12.9 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “CEL” as well as “STERLING MEXICO 925”; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, all its stones present and accounted for with nice color and no problems, very good finishing and no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!