M. Velazquez Mexican Deco silver Necklace ~ Matl style repousse

on Jul 21, 2018 in archived

One of the most accomplished Mexican silversmiths who excelled in the Mexico City style repousse, M. Velazquez is largely “unknown” to us with the exception of his hallmarks and the quality of his work. As an early maestro who definitely belongs in the same school that Matilde Poulat is associated with, Velazquez created earthy, fleshy jewelry steeped in the country’s rich folk tradition. Many of his works are based on Matl designs and the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and materials they exhibit elevated them to sought after alternatives for Poulat’s more difficult to find and more expensive pieces. Yet I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Velazquez’s own design genius has justifiably secured him a prominent position in the pantheon of Mexico’s early 20th c. Silver Renaissance…

PS: The bracelet accompanying  the necklace in one of the photos is also by Velazquez and available on the site as well


Size/Weight: 16  3/4” long (wearable); 1  3/16” wide (at central floral motif); main repousse part has a span of 5  3/4”; 49.9 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well “MEXICO 925”; 1930s-40s

Condition: excellent vintage condition (some cleaning liquid residue but that is easily removed) with no damage or repairs except for the fact that a previous owner had the original hook of the clasp removed and more “o” rings added, most probably for more length – hence the spring ring clasp



SOLD – Thank you!

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