masterful Doris Mexican Deco silver repousse floral Necklace

on May 20, 2020 in archived

One of the most interesting – and few – female figures of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Doris Smith Chamberlin was a Texas-born American who decided to move to Mexico in the 1940s to open her own workshop after having completed post-graduate studies in art and having taught woodworking, textile-making and silver-smithing for a few years in California (I am grateful to Decotini for the information). In Mexico City, where she settled, she created and sold her own designs but also commissioned work from the best Mexican maestros. Often signed “Corpus Artisans” alongside her own signature, Doris’s jewelry exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and finishing and inspired design. The floral necklace presented here illustrates, I believe, the previous statement in the most effective way. The repoussage is fleshy and bold yet doesn’t compromise the delicate nature of its motif; every detail has been carefully executed; the sense of motion is just perfect. This is true wearable art…


Size/Weight: length adjustable between 13″ and 16 1/2″ (with the added extension; there is one extra link, as you can see in the photos, which can be used to lengthen the necklace’s original length, should you decide to have it added onto it); width 1 5/16″ (width of the floral station); 50.6 grams (including the extension and extra link)

Hallmarks / Date: “DORIS” and “SILVER MEXICO”; “925” on extension’s spring ring; 1940s while extension is new

Condition: excellent vintage with craftsmanship of the highest level, amazing patina, impeccable design execution and no damage or repairs noted – a necklace worthy of the best vintage Mexican silver collections



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