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

on Mar 12, 2019 in archived

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” and “MEXICO STERLING”; 1920s-40s

Condition: very good vintage with amazing workmanship – there is hardly any surface that has not been worked -, great patina, a very serious-looking mask and no unsightly damage or repairs noted; there seems to be an old small chip off the mask’s upper edge where it borders on the silver bezel yet it has acquired its own patina over time and does not stand out nor does it affect the way the brooch presents


SOLD – Thank you!

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