Good design does not need too many elements to stand out – and the Francisco Rivera Mexican silver necklace presented here illustrates the point in the best possible way. Rivera ranks high in my list of favorite Taxco maestros; he learned the ropes of designing and working with silver at Spratling’s Las Delicias before he started producing pieces under his own name or in collaboration with Emma. His creations can be striking not only because of the level of craftsmanship and the well-thought out design but also because he used the best materials available and preferred heavy gauge silver for his jewelry. In the case of our necklace, however, which is crafted en repoussage, the silver is lighter than his usual choice yet so perfectly worked that one cannot stop admiring it. I think the young bud links, the flowers within them just stirring with life, are very reminiscent of Scandinavian skonvirke work. Sheer perfection – a necklace around which collections can be built…
Size/Weight: 15″ long (wearable; once clasped, it becomes a little roomier at 15 3/8″; easily lengthened with a simple sterling extension which I will provide upon request); 3/4″ wide; 40.4 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO” and “STERLING TAXCO” albeit partially stamped; late 1940s – early 1950s
Condition: excellent vintage with exceptional craftsmanship, repoussage that feels almost alive, the most amazing patina ever and no damage or repairs noted
ON HOLD – please inquire!