Mexican Deco silver repousse masquette with female figures Cuff Bracelet

on Jan 9, 2019 in archived

Classic Mexican Deco silver repousse “masquette” cuff bracelet in the style associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s, this is an unsigned piece and it is quite unusual in its ornamentation. Though the carved “jade” (dyed calcite) mask set at center front is quite often found in this type of jewelry, what is rare is the full-size female figures that flank the stone. This is a very folky representation of a woman wearing a long dress and holding leaves and tendrils (could they be snakes?) in her hands. Evocative of Matilde Poulat’s earthy designs accentuated by stippling, chasing and oxidation the repousse motifs that cover the cuff’s surface are strong and eye-catching…


Size/Weight: 7 1/4″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; this is made of silver sheet with good thickness so I wouldn’t advise trying to adjust it unless you took it to your jeweler); width varies between 2 1/4″ and 1 3/8″; 56.5 grams

Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .900 purity although I believe it’s most probably sterling; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage with strong, sculptural appeal, quite unusual in its combination of designs, with the stone having a rich, saturated color, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted



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