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Felipe Martinez Piedra y Plata Mexican silver obsidian Bracelet

on Jul 15, 2020 in archived

In my opinion one of the most talented Taxco maestros, Felipe Martinez worked with Hubert Harmon for a brief period in the 1940s (see Hougart, Little Book of Mexican silver, p. 105) and created some of the most amazing jewelry in Taxco’s heyday. And even though I am always impressed by the quality of the silver-work, it is mostly the lapidary work that elevates his “Piedra y Plata” creations to the level of sublime perfection. No wonder since Martinez was a sculptor and worked as such before he engaged in the design and crafting of more… wearable forms of art. Modernist at the core, the bracelet at hand has acquired the most wonderful, warm patina one could expect. Its glow is picked up by the golden depths of the sheen obsidian cushions and reflected back to the beholder in a magical, enchanting way. There is nothing that did not get the proper attention, nothing flimsy, nothing hastily put together here. Taxco modernism at one of its most inspired moments…

 

Size / Weight: 6 3/4″ long by 1″ wide; 74.0 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as well as “Piedra y Plata”, “…TERLING TAXCO”, des. no 175 and Eagle 3 assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with a weight that feels intimate and comfortable around the wrist, the most wonderful patina and golden sheen obsidian, with no damage and no repairs noted

Inv.#15134

SOLD – Thank you!

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