An accomplished member of the Mexico City school of repoussage, maestro M. Velazquez was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and many of his designs are actually based on Matl’s originals. The level of craftsmanship and the quality of his work have contributed to his becoming increasingly sought after by collectors, especially with the high prices Poulat’s creations realize. I love all his pieces but I have a particular affinity for his brooches and this one, I have never seen in the past. Interestingly enough the face reminds me of portrait appliques on Peruvian bracelets from the 1950s I have had in the past, especially because of the highly stylized flowers the man (in my eyes!) is wearing in his hair…
Size/Weight: 2 3/8″ wide by 1 5/8″ tall; 17.1 grams
Hallmarks / Date: signed with maker’s name as shown as well as “925” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1930s-40s
Condition: excellent vintage with strong sculptural quality, bold repoussage, fantastic patina and no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!